Black and Orange: Race, class and the American Criminal Justice System (SUMMER 2017)

Course content

Using an intersectional perspective, we will devote this semester to critically evaluating the American criminal justice system. While the theoretical focus of the class will be on the US system, we will also look at the Danish system, and students will be encouraged to examine the Danish system in their final papers.  We will pay particular attention to the gender, race and class in the criminal justice system, and ask how do structures of inequality in the US shape the criminal justice system: from legislation to policing, and all the way to courts and the prisons themselves. We will consider different theories that explain the rise in incarceration in the US, and examine neoliberal social policies that directly and indirectly shape America’s mass incarceration. We will consider the social, moral and practical merits of stop-and-frisk, solitary confinement and the death penalty; study the causes and consequences of violence in prisons (both by guards and prisoners); contemplate the broader social implications of mass incarceration, and consider alternative approaches to crime reduction and prevention.  

Education

BA/MA Elective course - SUMMER 2017

Course package (MSc 2015):
Knowledge, organisation and politics / Welfare, ineguality and mobility

Learning outcome

 Knowledge:

The course will provide the students with knowledge of

- an introduction into theories of race, class, and the criminal justice sytem.

- familiarity with major issues connected to mass incareration and the American criminal justice system.

-an ability to reflect on the ways the Danish criminal justice system resembles and differs from the American one.

-an ability to critically evaluate the relaionship between structures of inequality, economic policies, and the criminal justice system.
 

Skills:

Students will be able to:  

- compare and contrast key theoretical perspectives that are central to the wider specialization in Culture, Lifestyle, and Everyday Life and /or Welfare, Inequality, and Mobility.

- identify significant historical and contemporary developments in the consturciton of the current American Criminal Justice System.

-Ability to conduct discourse analysis documents. of both popular media and policy documents.

 

-Ability to evaluate theoretical and practical problems connected to law and orde, and propose policy soultions that are sensitive to intersecitonal realities.

-Ability to clearly formulate and communicate their ideas both orally and in writing.
 

Competence:

In carrying out class activities and discussions rsearch projects and wirting assignments students demonstrate that they have acquired competence that allows them to independently

-Cooperate and effectivelt work in a socially diverse setting

-device policy solutions for complex and dynamic social situations.

-take responsibilty for their own academic inquiry and development.

Lectures, class discussions, class activities, documentaries. Students' active participation is expected and critical for the succes of the class.

Papachristou, Alexander. 2011. Blind Goddess: A Reader on Race and Justice. NY: The New Press

Loïc Wacquant. 2009. Prisons of Poverty.University of Minnesota Press

Additional peer-review articles will be provided  

Please notice: This course has a maximum class size of 25 students

Workload

7,5 ECTS:

Teaching hours: 28
Reading the syllabus: 65
Other preparations for classes: 30
Written papers: 83
Total: 206

10 ECTS:

Teaching hours: 28
Reading the syllabus: 65
Other preparations for classes: 60
Written papers: 122
Total: 275

ECTS
See exam description
Type of assessment
Continuous assessment
”active participation”
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

Please see the learning outcome.

ECTS
See exam description
Type of assessment
Continuous assessment
”active participation”
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

Please see the learning outcome.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 28
  • Course Preparation
  • 65
  • Preparation
  • 30
  • Practical exercises
  • 83
  • English
  • 206