Criminal Justice-coas | Alternative Social Control Systems
P202 | 1456 | Parnell
We gain our notions of right and wrong, learn about the law and criminal
justice, and manage many of our disputes through informal groups and
institutions. They include the family, community, religious organizations
and schools, voluntary associations, the media and extensive national and
international intergroup networks. These forms of organization are sources
of social control and law. They are also vehicles through which law and
notions about crime and criminal justice practices enter into our everyday
lives. Sometimes these unofficial sources of social control support
criminal justice and legal systems. On the other hand, sometimes they
conflict with the goals, norms, and official laws of the nation.
This course examines the family, community, identity group, and corporation
as alternatives to state-anchored law and social control and as our
first-line resources in the management of disputes and conflicts. We study
them as sources of both crime and the living law, and as they come into
conflict with and support law and its enforcement. We will ask what happens
in the fields of criminal justice as these unofficial systems change and
break down; what new forms of unofficial social control are developing in
the United States; and how we use our disputes and conflicts to build
society and to communicate, educate, and entertain. The course also
explores dispute settlement organizations and processes that are developing
now as alternatives to the official legal and criminal justice systems.
Readings: To be announced.
Requirements: Your grade will be based upon four take-home essay exams.
Each exam is related to assigned readings and course lectures. Each essay
should be typed, double-spaced, and around five pages long. Associate
Instructor syllabi will define work you can do for a grade as a substitute
for the lowest exam grade.
Class meeting: Two 50-minute lectures and one 50-minute discussion section
each week (MW, 9:05-9:55A, JH 124)
Course Will Satisfy: CJUS core requirement
Course Will Satisfy: Social/Historical Studies (Social Inquiry
Instructor: Professor Phil Parnell, Criminal Justice Department