Criminal Justice-coas | Topics in Punishment in Society
P680 | 1505 | Beckett


The punishment of those who violate social rules and norms is a deeply
social phenomenon, revealing much about those who wield the power to punish
and the society in which that power is exercised.  In this course, we will
analyze the ways in which various theoretical traditions, including
Durkheimian, Weberian, Marxian, Foucaudian, and feminist perspectives,
analyze criminal law and the administration of punishment.  Important topics
such as the emergence of the prison in Western society, the decline of the
rehabilitative ideal, and the recent expansion of the U.S. criminal justice
system will be analyzed through these theoretical frameworks.

Readings will include books and articles by Emile Durkheim, David Garland,
Douglas Hays, E.P. Thompson, Goerg Rusche, George Herbert Mead, Carol Smart,
Nicole Hahn Rafter, Dario Melossi, Norbert Elias, Pieter Spierenberg,
Jonathan Simon, and others.  Assignments will include presentations and
analytical papers.

Class Meeting:	One 150-minute lecture each week (R, 2:30-5:00P, MU 204)

Instructor:		Professor Katherine Beckett, Criminal Justice
Department