California State University, Dominguez Hills
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Soka University Japan - Transcend Art and Peace
Created: July 27, 2003
Latest Update: October 2, 2003
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.
* * * * * Week 6: Week of October 5, 2003
Topic: The Social Construction of Crime and Justice in the News Media
Friday, October 10th -- Guest Lecturer: Art Howell of Racine Police Department
- Surette. Media, crime, and criminal justice. -- Chapter 3.
- Potter and Kappeler. Constructing crime. -- Chapter 12-15.
Lecture related links:
--- Martha Minow. Making All the Difference: Exclusion, Inclusion and American Law. Check out this link Martha Minow on the Dear Habermas site.
Concepts to be covered:
- standard reporting style
- episodic and thematic news
- reality programming
- unintended consequences
- How realistic do you feel crime-and-justice news is? (Surette: 84)?
- How would you change the news coverage of crime and justice? Could you still turn a profit with these changes? Why. (Surette:84)
- Discuss the pros and cons of the news media becoming evidence gatherers in criminal proceedings such as in the O.J. Simpson case, where they developed leads, found and interviewed witnesses, and searched for evidence. (Surette: 84)
- In chapters 12-15 in Potter and Kappeler, what are the positive and negative effects of constructing crime? Why.
Suggested Creative Activities:
Left/Right Perspectives - Cursor - New York Times
Arts and Letters Daily - The Economist - The Guardian
Wall Street Journal -The Weekly Standard - The Nation
Los Angeles Times - Chicago Tribune - The Washington Post
Cursor's Al Jazeera Archive - Ha'aretz - Palestine Monitor
Indymedia - BBC News - New Profile - Progressive Sociologists Network
Minimum Requirements for Week 5: