California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Soka University Japan - Transcend Art and Peace
Created: July 27, 2003
Latest Update: April 29, 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 16: Week of May 2, 2004
Topic: Teaching/Learning Revisited
- 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!
- Surette. Media, crime, and criminal justice.
- Merlo and Benekos. What's wrong with the criminal justice system: Ideology, Politics and the Media.
- Potter and Kappeler. Constructing crime.
- Metaphor and Theory. Read the Blind Men and the Elephant fable. Think about how this fable relates to the course.
Lecture related links:
- Sociology of Knowledge Files .
- Check out this link -- Ray Surette's website ( found by Bettie Poole).
Concepts to be covered:
- the aesthetic process of answerability
- taxonomy of learning
- external motivation vs. internal motivation
Note: This set of discussion questions is optional. You can select a question and email me your answer in "25 words or less."
- What was the most interesting creative measure that you worked on this semester? Why.
- What is the most important thing you learned in this course? Why.
- What advice would you give to students new to this teaching/learning approach? Why.
- What ideas and suggestions do you have to improve on this teaching/learning approach? Why.
Suggested Creative Activities:
--- the relationship of Alfie Kohn to this teaching/learning approach.
--- improvements to this teaching/learning model.
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 16: