Criminal Justice-COAS | Race, Class and Crime
P419 | 23554 | Pettiway


There is certainly no escaping the relationship between the
question of race and crime.  In addressing the issue, it is almost
impossible to talk honestly about the interaction of the two without
offending or even angering both majority and minority group members.
The truth is much too terrible.  Race and racism continue to shape
American life.

This course addresses a number of issues:

(1)  emphasizes the contemporary realities associated with race
and crime from the standpoint of the historical interconnections of
the social, political and economic processes that shape the life
chances of African Americans;

(2)  discusses the definitional problems associated with the
concepts of race and crime;

(3)  addresses some of the explanatory issues related to minority
crime causation;

(4) policy implications associated with the interaction of race
and criminality.


Individuals who may perceive the materials or the topics
incongruous with their values, their assessment of the real world, or
who are unable to accept different explanations and/or viewpoints
should also reconsider their options.  All students are expected to
do the required readings, attend class regularly, take careful notes,
and submit assignments on time.  The professor reserves the right to
make assignments in addition to the ones presented on the course

To be announced

Class Meeting:  2:30-3:45, Mondays and Wednesdays

Instructor:  Professor Leon Pettiway, Criminal Justice Department