Criminal Justice-COLL | Extreme Punishment
P493 | 28143 | Lippke


This course will examine the legal, empirical, and normative issues
raised by extreme forms of legal punishment.  Many of these extreme
forms of punishment are currently employed by governments; others
have been used in the past or proposed for future use.  The course
readings are designed to acquaint students with the relevant
empirical information about the likely effects of these forms of
punishment, including their effects on offenders, those who inflict
them, and the larger communities in which they are used.  The
readings and course lectures will also address the legal and
normative issues we do or would face in using such extreme forms of
punishment.  Since some of these extreme forms of punishment may
initially seem repulsive, students will be encouraged to temporarily
suspend their judgment about them until they have acquired a more
informed and critical perspective on them.  John Stuart Mill once
argued that even our true beliefs become dead dogmas unless we are
challenged to articulate the grounds for them.  In that spirit, this
course will challenge students to rethink their instinctive
reactions against certain extreme forms of punishment.

Class meeting:  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9:05-9:55

Instructor:  Richard Lippke, department of criminal justice