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You will be held accountable for purposes of grading for the readings and exercises listed here. There will be no "testing." That means that you will not have to live in anxious anticipation of what we will ask and how much you will have to know. Instead, we will provide weekly discussion questions, lectures, essays, and concepts we feel that you should know as a result of having taken this course. You will assure us of that learning and receive your grade for the questions and concepts about which you choose to write and talk with us. In addition you will find detailed explanations and examples on our grading policies in the first week's reading.

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Week 15: Week of April 25, 2004

    Topic:The Future

    Preparatory Readings:

    • Special Note: Monday, April 26th through Wednesday, May 5th, the second mandatory meeting will take place. If you have not signed up for a meeting date/time, please see me ASAP. Be sure to bring your journal and other evidence of learning. Keep in mind that these meetings are very brief. Don't be a NO SHOW!
    • Arrigo. Social Justice, Criminal Justice - Chapter 13 .
    • Mann and Zatz. Images of Color, Images of Crime -- Chapters 22.
    • Metaphor and Theory. Read the Blind Men and the Elephant fable. Think about how it relates to this course.

    Lecture related links:

    Concepts/individuals to be covered:

    • criminal justice and social justice
    • critical social justice
    • short-term vs. long-term solutions

    Discussion Questions:

    1. Why do juvenile and criminal justice programs need to be sensitive to cultural and gender differences in the populations they serve? Specify what programs should be different. Why? (from M&Z). 2)

    2. Do you share Mann & Zatz's conclusion of a "fragile future"? Why or why not.

    3. What are the basic differences between critical social justice and criminal justice practices? (Arrigo, p. 271, Q. 6).

    4. If you could change something within the criminal justice apparatus so that the system was more consistent with critical social justice principles, what would it be? Why. (Arrigo, p. 271, Q.7).

    Suggested Creative Measures:

    • Examine how various writers from a diversity of disciplines and fields discuss the future. Are they optimistic or pessimistic? Why.
    • What is the mass media's images of the future? Why.
    • Read one of the recommended books listed below on the future.

    Recommended Readings:

    • George Ritzer. The McDonaldization of Society.
    • Gordon Fellman. . Rambo and the Dalai Lama: The Compulsion to Win and Its Threat to Human Survival.
    • Jurgen Habermas. Between Facts and Norms.
    • Charles Derber. People Before Profit.
    • Paul Klugman. The Great Unraveling: Losing Our Way in the New Century.
    • Michael Moore. Dude, Where's My Country?

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