Criminal Justice-COLL | Alternative Social control Systems
P202 | 27458 | Schept

This class offers students an opportunity to learn about, question,
criticize and construct alternative models of approaching crime,
conflict, and violence.  In the United States, and increasingly
around the world, these phenomena are dealt with through
institutions such as prisons and jails, law enforcement, and the
military.  Of no less importance, though certainly subtler, is the
embracement of this approach that is made possible through the
ideological control exerted through education, popular culture,
media, and religion.  In this class, students will discuss ways of
altering our relationships to the current models of crime control
and punishment, through examining ideas such as prison abolition and
drug decriminalization.   Students will also be exposed to
alternative models of dealing with conflict, crime, and violence,
including restorative justice, mediation, non-violence, and

Engaging in this process will also require us to examine our own
definitions of crime, terrorism, law, punishment, and violence.  The
class will offer an analysis of the normative definitions of these
concepts through such lenses as racism, colonialism, imperialism,
patriarchy, and capitalism.  We will question how these concepts
take on meaning, explore the power that is exerted through them, and
discuss how different lenses may shape our understanding of them in
different ways.

The class will be broad in scope, encompassing issues as diverse as
domestic criminal justice policies, international relations, and
colonialism and anti-colonial struggles, and particular attention
will be paid to the role of the prison in the maintenance of social
control in the U.S.  We will examine this institution in its
historical context and present day existence as an “industrial
complex”, and study the reach of “carceral” strategies into our

This class will be discussion-based, with instructor lectures and
occasional film screenings.

Grading Criteria:
•	Attendance and Participation
•	Journals/Reflection papers
•	Optional Final Project/Paper

Class Meetings: Monday and Wednesday, 2:30-3:45

Instructor: Judah Schept, criminal justice department