Criminal Justice-coas | Alternative Social Control Systems
P202 | 1391 | Parnell

We gain our notions of right and wrong, learn about the law and criminal
justice, and manage many of our disputes through informal groups and
institutions.  They include the family, community, religious organizations
and schools, voluntary associations, the media and extensive national
and international intergroup networks.  These forms of organization are
sources of social control and law.  They are also vehicles through which
law and notions about crime and criminal justice practices enter into our
everyday lives.  Sometimes these unofficial sources of social
control support criminal justice and legal systems.  On the other hand,
sometimes they conflict with the goals, norms, and official laws of the
This course examines the family, community, identity group, and
corporation as alternatives to state-anchored law and social control and
as our first-line resources in the management of
disputes and conflicts.  We study them as sources of both crime and the
living law, and as they come into conflict with and support law and its
enforcement.  We will ask what happens in the fields of criminal justice
as these unofficial systems change and break down; what new forms
of unofficial social control are developing in the United States; and how
we use our disputes and conflicts to build society and to communicate,
educate, and entertain.  The course also explores dispute settlement
organizations and processes that are developing now as alternatives to
the official legal and criminal justice systems.
Readings: To be announced.
Requirements:  Your grade will be based upon four take-home
essay                exams.  Each exam is related to assigned readings
and course lectures.  Each essay should be typed,
double-spaced, and around five pages long.                 Associate
Instructor syllabi will define work you                can do for a grade as a
substitute for the lowest                exam grade.
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 Phil Parnell, Criminal Justice