Criminal Justice-COAS | Alternative Social Control Systems
P202 | 1410 | Hal Pepinsky


This course introduces alternatives to retributive justice from around
the world.  Retributive justice means trying to identify, isolate and
subdue offenders.  "Restorative justice" alternatives introduced aim
to help victims heal from the trauma of having been violated, and to
weave offenders back into a safe social fabric.  The fourteen chapters
in the text will each serve as the theme for a week of class.  One
lecture each week will focus on the thematic chapter.  The other
lectures will cover a range of related issues, including violence
against women and children, the drug way, racism in criminal justice,
heterosexism and homophobia, and alternative responses to violence
including anti-harassment and incidents teams at IU and victim
offender reconciliation programs, with guest speakers, videos and
such.

This course introduces alternatives to retributive justice from around the world. Retributive justice means trying to identify, isolate and subdue offenders. "Restorative justice" alternatives introduced aim to help victims heal from the trauma of having been violated, and to weave offenders back into a safe social fabric. The fourteen chapters in the text will each serve as the theme for a week of class. One lecture each week will focus on the thematic chapter. The other lectures will cover a range of related issues, including violence against women and children, the drug way, racism in criminal justice, heterosexism and homophobia, and alternative responses to violence including anti-harassment and incidents teams at IU and victim offender reconciliation programs, with guest speakers, videos and such.

Readings: Jim Consedine, Restorative Justice: Healing the Effects of Crime (Lyttleton, New Zealand: Ploughshares Publications, rev. edn. 1999) supplemented by web sites and other freely available reading.

Requirements: Points will be given weekly submission of journal entries. Points to be covered will include responding to conclusions of each of the chapters in Consedine's text, and to associated class discussion and supplemental readings, as from web sites. The point total for the semester will translate into the final grade. For details, see the syllabus and other materials for the fall 2000 version of P202, sec. 1525, on Oncourse.

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 distribution requirement)

Instructor: Professor Hal Pepinsky, Criminal Justice Department