Criminal Justice-COAS | History of Social Control in the U.S.
P381 | 1435 | Ellen Dwyer

P381: The History of Social Control in the U.S.  (3 credits) Spring
W333: Intensive Writing (P/F)

Course description and requirements:

In this course, we look at how formal criminal justice institutions, such as the courts, the police, and prisons, have changed over time. Special emphasis is put on the ways in which those institutions are shaped by the values and concerns of the larger society. Case studies range from the Salem witch trials of the seventeenth century to a wave of child abductions in late nineteenth-century America to the trial of David Berkowitz, also known as the "Son of Sam," in 1970s New York.

Four books have been ordered for this course: Paula Fass, Kidnapped: Child Abduction in America, Karen Halttunen, Murder Most Foul, Idanna Puzzi, The Trials of Maria Barbella, and David Oshinsky, Worse Than Slavery: Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow Justice. In addition, we will use several on-line sites, such as Doug Lindner's "Famous American Trials."

Course requires five short papers, plus a midterm and final. All possible questions for the exams will be handed out in advance but there will be relatively little choice on the exams themselves. Both exams consist exclusively of essay questions.

Course fulfills: COAS Intensive Writing Requirement.

Class meets: Thursdays, 2:30 - 5:00 p.m., SY 105