Criminal Justice-coas | Capital Punishment
P416 | 1488 | Sandys

The primary objectives of this class are for students to 1) learn about the
death penalty in the U.S.; 2) develop an informed attitude toward capital
punishment; 3) engage in critical thinking by examining both sides of the
capital punishment debate, and; 4) to discuss the issues related to capital
punishment in an open forum.  The class is divided into two general
sections. In the first part of the semester we will discuss the facts
surrounding capital punishment, such as the history, current practices,
juries, and on. The second part of the class is devoted to topics that are
more controversial,
like racial discrimination in capital sentencing, the deterrence debate,
execution of people who are mentally retarded, and on.
Readings: May include a packet of readings (perhaps optional) and
texts (required).
Requirements:  There will be, at minimum, one test, two
position papers, and a final paper.
Class Meeting: One 150-minute seminar each week (T,
2:30-5:00P, SY 200)
Course Will Satisfy:     CJUS major 400-level
Instructor:    Professor Marla Sandys, Criminal Justice