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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Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: GOVT 3141

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 15950AMST 3141  LEC 001

  • 16086AMST 3141  DIS 201

  • 16087AMST 3141  DIS 202

  • 16088AMST 3141  DIS 203

  • 16089AMST 3141  DIS 204

  • 16090AMST 3141  DIS 205

  • 16091AMST 3141  DIS 206