California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Soka University Japan - Transcend Art and Peace
Created: July 27, 2003
Latest Update: October 27, 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 9: Week of October 26, 2003
Topic: Media and the Courts
- Merlo and Benekos. What's wrong with the criminal justice system: Ideology, Politics and the Media. -- Chapter 3.
- new Answerability: A book on practice
- new Fractal Bits of Experience Coming Together in an Empty Memory Space: I can do this, too!
- 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 . --- Check out this link -- Ray Surette's website ( found by Bettie Poole).
Concepts to be covered:
- high-profile cases
- indeterminate and determinate sentencing
- Megan's Law
- specialty courts
- Why does a large segment of the public still believe that crime in increasing? What are the implications of this perception on sentencing policies? What can be done to improve the general public's knowledge about crime trends and crime information? (M&B:82)
- What is the rationale of three-strikes sentencing legislation? What are the politics of this legislation? (M&B:82)
- Discuss the issue of race, crime, and sentencing. What attitudes and perceptions affect the public's understanding of this issue? (M&B:82)
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 9: