Criminal Justice-COAS | Alternative Social control Systems
P202 | 1730 | Saleh-Hanna

This course will explore traditional as were as alternative methods
of social control.  Starting with Foucault and Garland the history
of punishment will be assessed as it has been portrayed from a
Western/European perspective.  Literature from the African
perspective on punishment will also be presented, along with
information about the role of slavery from the African perspective,
in the creation of institutions that warehouse and control human
bodies.  The labor and economic implications of social control will
also be presented and assessed both in the historical and the
contemporary realms.

The general framework of social control, as presented by Stanley
Cohen will be used to achieve a more comprehensive understanding of
how social control is implemented through the Criminal Justice
System.  Traditional, State oriented mechanisms of social control
will be compared and contrasted with Alternative methods and
frameworks of social control both in the institutional and in the
community oriented contexts.

A focus on the prison as an institution of social control will be
emphasized.  A brief look at the Civil Rights Movement and the Black
Panther Party will be used to study mechanisms of social control
implemented upon the community.  The Prison Industrial complex will
be studied in order to understand the economic element of mechanisms
of social control as implemented through institutions.  Social
control will be studied through an assessment of the treatment of
vulnerable populations, racism, classism and the history of
oppression.  Penal Abolition and Transformative Justice will be
presented as alternative frameworks and mechanisms of non-oppressive
forms of social control.


X  1 Take-Home Midterm Paper: 30%
X  3 In-Class Quizzes, 10% each: 30%
X  1 Take-Home Final Exam: 40%


Two Text Books Required, available through BoxCar Books:
X  The Journal of Prisoners on Prisons:  Volume 9 No. 2
X  Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of
Racial Inequality in the United States by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
In addition to the Text Books:
X  E-Reserve: readings from various sources will be made available
each week
X  In addition to readings, videos will provide information about
the mechanisms of Social Control implemented in Criminal Justice
institutions and in the Community
X  Visual presentations of African Slave Trade Institutions will be

Class meeting:  Daily, 9:30-10:20

Instructor:  Viviane Saleh-Hanna, criminal justice department