SOCI-350 Punishment and Society

This course develops students' ability to understand and critique modern penal practices and to interrogate the relationship of punishment to criminal behavior, the rendering of justice, the promotion of public safety and the management of risk. In addition to examining the structure, practices and legal foundation of corrections in the United States, students will be exposed to a range of scholarship examining the social, moral, economic, political, ideological and historical contexts of punishment in the West, with an eye toward understanding how penal practices came to be as they are, their social implications and cultural meanings. Review and discussion of these materials will develop students' appreciation for the depth and complexity of the topic, as well as their ability to link punishment practices with broader sociocultural conditions and worldviews. Prerequisite: SOCI-101 or ANTH-162. SOCI-311 is recommended but not required. 4 SH.