AMST 3141

AMST 3141

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2017-2018.

The United States stands alone among Western, industrialized countries with its persistent, high rates of incarceration, long sentences, and continued use of the death penalty. This "American exceptionalism" -- the turn to mass incarceration -- has been fostered by the use of sharply-delineated categories that define vast numbers of people as outlaws and others as law-abiding. These categories that are based on ideas of personal responsibility and assumptions about race are modified somewhat by a liberal commitment to human rights.   Our purpose in this course is to understand how such ideas have taken root and to locate the consequences of these ideas for policy and practice. 

When Offered Fall, winter, summer.

Distribution Category (SBA-AS)

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: GOVT 3141

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 15950 AMST 3141   LEC 001

  • 16086 AMST 3141   DIS 201

  • 16087 AMST 3141   DIS 202

  • 16088 AMST 3141   DIS 203

  • 16089 AMST 3141   DIS 204

  • 16090 AMST 3141   DIS 205

  • 16091 AMST 3141   DIS 206