Criminal Justice-coas | Introduction to Criminal Justice
P100 | 1426 | Herbert
This course is an introduction to the structure and functioning of the
American criminal justice
system. We will review the three main components of that system -- the
police, the courts,
corrections -- and seek to understand the principles underlying their
construction. Class readings
will consist largely of ethnographies, first-hand accounts of the criminal
justice system in actual
practice. We will be interested in using this material to understand the
inner workings of the
social networks that determine how justice is actually produced in the
United States. We will
also attempt to wrestle with three overarching questions: (1) How do larger
forces in society
shape how the criminal justice system operates?; (2) How much individual
discretion do justice
officials have and how does this affect the functioning of the system?; and
(3) How do efforts to
respond to crime potentially conflict with concerns about civil liberties?
Readings: Terry Williams, "The Cocaine Kids"
Steve Herbert, "Policing Space:
Territoriality and the Los Angeles Police
John Irwin, "The Jail"
Sister Helen Prejean, "Dead Man Walking"
Requirements: Students will take two tests during the semester and a final
Students will also be evaluated on their
attendance and performance
during discussion sections.
Class Meeting: Two 50-minute lectures and one 50-minute discussion section
(MW, 1:25-2:15P, M015)
Course Will Satisfy: CJUS core requirement
Course Will Satisfy: Social/Historical Studies (Social Inquiry
Instructor: Professor Steve Herbert, Criminal Justice Department