Criminal Justice-coas | Race, Class and Crime
P419 | 1490 | 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 with 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) 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 minorities in American society; 2) the definitional
problems associated with the concepts of race and crime; 3) the explanatory
issues related to minority crime causation; 4) the literature on the
handling of minorities in the criminal justice system.
Readings: Mann, Coramae R. (1993) "Unequal Justice: A Question of
Color" Indiana University Press.
Rothenberg, Paula S. (1992) "Race, Class,
and Gender in the United States" New York: St. Martin's Press.
Wilbanks, William (1987) "The Myth of a
Racist Criminal Justice System" Monterey: Brooks/Cole.
Requirements: 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 outline.
Your grade will depend on two position
papers and a term paper (maximum length, 10 pages excluding bibliography).
Two essay examinations will be given during the semester. The first
examination will be an in-class examination and the second examination will
be a take home examination. LATE ASSIGNMENTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. All
assignments will be allocated equal weight.
Class Meeting: Two 75-minute seminars each week (MW, 2:30-3:45P, SY 003)
Course Will Satisfy: CJUS major 400-level requirement
Instructor: Professor Leon Pettiway, Criminal Justice Department