Criminal Justice-COAS | History of Social Control in the US
P381 | 1542 | Dwyer
SUBJECT: "Trials and Tribulations"
This history of criminal justice in the U.S. focuses on
trials (famous and not-so-famous) as a way of understanding the past
and present of the American criminal justice system, as well as the
larger culture. The four required texts present stories of violent
events, the court cases which ensued, and the prisons in which some
convicted of crimes spent time. In addition, students will
research, discuss, and eventually write papers on major twentieth-
century American trials, ranging from those of Sacco and Vanzetti
(1919) and Leopold and Loeb (1921) to the Mississippi Burning Trials
(1967) that of John Hinckley (1982). Class is offered for
intensive writing credit.
Class meeting: 2:30-3:45P, TR, SY 200
Instructor: Professor Ellen Dwyer, criminal justice department