Criminal Justice-COLL | Alternative Social Control Systems
P202 | 5930 | Magno
This course develops a critical understanding of crime and justice.
In the field of criminal justice, the course’s critical stance is
called “Radical Criminology.”
The main emphasis of this course is to critically examine concepts
and practices related to crime and justice. We will consider an
alternative way of defining crime that includes “the crimes of
imperialism, the crimes of capitalism, the crimes of racism, the
crimes of sexism, and crimes by the state” (Krisberg 1974). We also
will explore alternative ways of controlling crime that do not
involve punitive, oppressive, and violent responses. These
alternatives include nonviolent interventions such as mediation,
peacemaking, and community reconciliation. In order to figure out
which alternatives might be most effective in preventing crime, we
will examine societal contexts in which crime arises by looking at
what crime is through the lenses of poverty, class, gender,
capitalism, imperialism, terrorism and racism.
In this course we also will explore new ways of understanding crime
and justice from the viewpoint of “new criminology”, which includes
Peacemaking Criminology, Green Criminology, Postcolonial
Criminology, Black Criminology, and Buddhist Criminology.
This course speaks to both majors and non-majors in criminal
justice. The main requirements for the course are attendance, weekly
journals, and a group-based presentation of a final project. The
course draws on teaching methods that combine workshops, lectures,
and discussions with the viewing of films and video documentaries.
Class meeting: Monday and Wednesday 9:05-9:55 a.m.
• Crimes Against Nature: Environmental Criminology and
Ecological Justice by Rob White
• Re-thinking the Political Economy of Punishment:
Perspectives on Post-fordism and Penal Politics by Alessandro De
• Cutting the Edge: Current Perspectives in Radical/Critical
Criminology and Criminal Justice by Jeffrey Ian Ross
Instructor: Christopher Magno, criminal justice department