California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Soka University Japan - Transcend Art and Peace
Created: July 27, 2003
Latest Update: April 3, 2004
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 12: Week of April 4, 2004
Topic: Media and Juvenile Justice
- Merlo and Benekos. What's wrong with the criminal justice system: Ideology, Politics and the Media. -- Chapter 5.
- Surette. Media, crime, and criminal justice. -- no chapter readings this week.
- Potter and Kappeler. Constructing crime. -- no chapter readings this week.
Lecture related links:
--- Sociology of Knowledge Files . --- Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity. by Lawrence Lessig, law professor at Stanford University. Free book online. --- Check out this link -- Ray Surette's website ( found by Bettie Poole).
Concepts to be covered:
- juvenile delinquent
- differences between the juvenile justice system & the adult criminal justice system
- juveniles waived into adult court
- youth violence
- delinquency intervention and prevention
- Does the public's perception of youth crime match the official data? Why? Explain the role of the media and politics in shaping juvenile justice policy. (M&B:156)
- Trace the evolution of the juvenile justice system. What has changed in the last 100 years? Why. (M&B:156)
- What elements are needed to create successful programs? What role can politicians play in this process? Can the media also become involved? How? (M&B:156)
- Why has juvenile justice become such a "hot button" issue? What effect has its predominance had on our policy initiatives? How do you foresee its position in the future? Why? (M&B: 156)
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 12: