Link to What's New This Week Susan Takata's Hub Page

Dear Habermas Logo and Link to Site Index A Justice Site



Susan Takata

Classes:
Corrections
Race, Crime and Law
Law and Social Change
Previous Weeks- Spring 2003
HOME


Main Hub Sites:
Habermas Site - CSUDH Site - UWP Site

Prof. Takata.
Department of Criminal Justice
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Latest Update: February 13, 2003

UWP Local Hub Site
Dear Habermas


    Newsflash!

    First Grid Form & ROL due Friday, February 21st, 12 noon central time - for all classes


    "The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple."
    Oscar Wilde (quote found by Ryan Fornal)




  • This local hub site will serve as a forum for messages about:


    All UWP Classes, Announcements

    • Friday, February 21st, 12 noon - First Grid Form/ROL due for all classes.
    • Wednesday, March 5th - Exam 1
    • Friday, March 14th - Last Day to Drop Class

    • Criminal Justice Association News

      Check the Criminal Justice Department web page for future club announcement.

    All UWP Classes, Spring 2003 Report of Learning (ROL)



    Readings & Forms for All UWP Classes:
    All UWP Classes, site visits and field trips:

      Racine County Citizens Criminal Justice Advisory Task Force meeting - Thursday, February 20th, 1:30-4:30 pm (Auditorium, Ives Grove Office Complex, 14200 Washington Avenue, Sturtevant) - email me if you are interested in attending.

      Racine County Citizens Criminal Justice Advisory Task Force meeting - Thursday, March 6th, 1:30-4:30 pm (Auditorium, Ives Grove Office Complex, 14200 Washington Avenue, Sturtevant) - email me if you are interested in attending.



    Corrections (CRMJ/SOCA 363)

    • Course Syllabus

    • Class Discussion Questions

      • Hassine Interviews (due Monday, February 17th) 1) In Part 2 Interviews, what is the most pressing problem in today's prison? Why. 2) If the prison experiment has failed miserably, then why do we keep building more prisons? Relate your answer to "theory, policy, practice."

      • Prison Violence (due Wednesday, February 19th) 1) Some people believe that the history of corrections shows a continuous movement toward more humane treatment in prisons as society, in general, has progressed. What would Hassine say? Why. What is your view? Why. 2) Compare and contrast Hassine's book with the Haas and Alpert readings on prison violence. Which came first -- the violent person creating the violent prison or prisons as a violent environment creating the violent person (or creating a more violent person)? Why.

      • new Prison Guards (due Friday, February 28th) Note: Be sure to relate your answers to the documentary, "Quiet Rage" to be shown in class. 1) Compare and contrast the Haas and Alpert articles on prison guards and staff members to what Hassine describes in his book. What are the differences and similarities? Why. 2) What are some difficulties confronting today's prison guards and staff members? Why. What might help to overcome these difficulties? Why.

      • new Courts & Corrections (due Monday, March 3) Note: Relate your answers to the documentary, "Hard Time" to be shown in class. . 1) How have offender rights been developed by the courts? What is the interrelationship between "theory, policy, practice" when it comes to courts and corrections? 2) Do prisoners give up their rights and privileges as punishment for crime(s) committed? How do we balance between the protection of the prisoner's rights and the community's need to punish? 3) What did you like best about Life without Parole ? What did you like least about this book? Why. 4) How does Hassine's conclusion relate to "courts and corrections?" Do you agree with his conclusion? Why.

      • new

    • Special Announcement

      --- Friday, February 21st, 12 noon central time - First Grid Form/ROL due.

      --- Wednesday, March 5th - Exam 1

      --- Friday, March 14th - Last Day to Drop Class

    • Exam 1 Study Questions

      For those opting to take Exam 1, your essay will be written on a Guided Essay Form . The exam will be on Wednesday, March 5th.

      1. (As promised) in examining the "History of Corrections in America" handout, what would the correctional model that best depicts the period from the 1990s to date? Why. Incorporate examples from the readings into your argument.

      2. The four goals of criminal sanctions are retribution, deterrence, incapacitation and rehabilitation. Discuss each of these goals. Which goal is the most dominant today? Why. Provide examples from the readings and other class materials.

      3. Based on the readings and other class materials, compare and contrast"who goes to prison" with "who belongs in prison." What does this tell us about the interrelationship between "theory, policy, practice?" Why.

      4. How does "doing time" as explained in the Haas & Alpert book compare with the experiences of Hassine? Why. Relate this to "theory, policy, practice?" Why. Be sure to provide examples from both books.

      5. Based on Life Without Parole , do you think "the punishment fit the crime" for Hassine? Relate your answer to the interrelationshp between "theory, policy, practice?" Why.



    • Recommended Readings

      --- Leonard Peltier. Prison Writings .
      --- Jack Henry Abbott. In the Belly of the Beast
      --- The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
      --- Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. The Sixteenth Round.
      --- James Austin & John Irwin. It's About Time: America's Imprisonment Binge


    • Interesting Links

      Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Jail Cam Link. Link found by Mary Frances Chachula.
      Wisconsin Department of Corrections
      Virtual Prison Tour



    Race, Crime and Law (CRMJ/SOCA 365)

    • Course Syllabus

    • Class Discussion Questions

      Fellman, pt. 3 (due Wednesday, February 19th) 1) What are "adversary rituals of coercion"? Provide at least three different examples of adversary rituals of coercion. 2) Given current events, what does Fellman tell us about the future of war? Do you agree or disagree with Fellman? Why. 3) What does Rambo symbolize according to Fellman? Who is the Rambo of today? Why.

      new Mutuality and a Future (due Monday, February 24th). 1) Define the Other. 2) What is empathy, according to Fellman? 3) Come up with your own example of each of the three seeds of mutuality (a) old seeds in old institutions, b) new seeds in old institutions, and c) new seeds in new institutions). 4) In Fellman's conclusion, there is a quote by Kenneth Boulding, "War is no longer legitimate, but peace is not yet legitimate." What did Boulding mean by this? Why did Fellman include this quote?

      new Race, ethnicity and crime (due Friday, February 28th) 1) [from Walker, p. 84] - What has been the impact of the civil rights movement on crime and criminal justice? Incorporate Kennedy, chapters 2 and 3 in your answer. 2) Which theory of crime do you think best explains the prevalence of crime in the United States? Which theory would Randall Kennedy select? Why. Which theory would Fellman pick? Why.

    • Special Announcements

      --- Friday, February 21st , 12 noon central time - First Grid Form/ROL due

      --- Creative Measure Idea - Participate in the Hout Study on Backstage Race/Ethnic Relations Journal - see me for more details.

      --- Wednesday, March 5th - Exam 1 --- Friday, March 14th - Last Day to Drop Class

    • Exam 1 Study Questions

      For those opting to take Exam 1, your essay will be written on a Guided Essay Form . The exam will be on Wednesday, March 5th .

      1. In the early chapters of Randall Kennedy's Race, Crime and the Law , why does he note that unequal protection and unequal enforcement are major concerns? How would Fellman and Walker respond to Kennedy's observation? Why.

      2. "When I despair, I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love has always won. There have been murderers and tyrants, and for a time they can seem invincible. But in the end they always fall. Think of it, always." -- Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948). What would the reactions of Fellman and Kennedy be to Gandhi's quote? Why. Provide examples from the readings.

      3. On page 227 in Fellman, why did he include this quote from Thompson, "... We do not live in reality; we live in our paradigms, our habituated perceptions, our illusions; the illusions we share through culture we call reality, but the true historical reality of our condition is invisible to us..." Explain this quote in terms of the concept of race. Provide examples from the readings to illustrae your point.

      4. On page 23 in Fellman, he quotes the Buddha: "Victory creates hatred, defeat creates suffering. Those who are wise strive for neither victory or defeat." Relate Fellman's concepts of adversarialism and mutuality to "race, crime, and law". Include in your discussion Walker and Kennedy.

      5. According to the readings so far this semester, what is the relationship between globalism and race and ethnic relations here in the United States? Why.



    • Links to Lecture Notes and Other Things

      Gordon Fellman related materials on the Dear Habermas site.

      War with Iraq

    • Recommended Readings

      ---Paulo Freire. Pedagogy of the Oppressed.
      --- The Dalai Lama. Ethics for the New Millenium.

      --- Jurgen Habermas. Between Facts and Norms.
      --- Martha Minow. Making All the Difference: Exclusion, Inclusion and American Law. Check out this link Martha Minow on the Dear Habermas site.


    • Links to the Sociology of Law Handbook readings
      -- Introduction
      -- Chapter 1, part 1
      -- Chapter 1, part 2
      -- Chapter 2

    Law and Social Change (CRMJ/SOCA 352)

    • Course Syllabus

    • Class Discussion Questions

      American Indians and Critical Race Theory (due Wednesday, February 19th) 1) Think about your own view of what you have been taught about Indians. Did this reading prompt you to consider any views you have held about Indians? If so, how? (M&Z, p. 27, Q.2). 2) What are some factors that led to a change in attitude toward Indians? Was the change lasting or substantial? Explain. (M&Z, p. 27, Q.5). 3) How were stereotypes incorporated inot the media's coverage of law suits and legislation? (M&Z, p. 70, Q.3) . 4) Briefly list the strengths and weaknesses of critical race theory as they relate to this week's readings on American Indians? 5) Select one issue in criminal justice dealing with the American Indian and state how critical race analysis would be useful. Why?

      new Peacemaking Crim and the American Indian (due Wednesday, February 26th). The documentary, "Incident at Oglala" will be shown in class. 1) After viewing "Incident at Oglala" how might peacemaking criminology be applied? Would it work? Why. 2) In what respects may peacemaking be said to be both a more pessimistic and optimistic approach to social control than warmaking? (Arrigo, p. 69, Q.6). 3) Where might you begin to try making peace? (Arrigo, p. 69, Q.7). 4) Is Leonard Peltier guilty or not guilty? Why. 5) What makes American Indians different from other racial groups in America? (M&Z, p. 125, Q.1). 6) What is meant by a dual justice system? Provide a detailed definition of both paradigms. Then compare and contrast the competing paradigms. Finally, discuss the implications of this dual justice system. (M&Z, p. 176, Q.5)



    • Special Announcement

      --- Friday, February 21st, 12 noon - First Grid Form/ROL due .

      --- Creative Measure Idea - Participate in the Hout Study on Backstage Race/Ethnic Relations Journal - see me for more details.

      --- Wednesday, March 5th - Exam 1

      --- March 14th -- Last Day to Drop Class

    • Exam 1 Study Questions

      For those opting to take Exam 1, your essay will be written on a Guided Essay Form . The exam is scheduled for Wednesday, March 5th.

      --- 1. Of all the theories covered so far -- Marxist criminology, socialist feminism, critical race theory or peacemaking criminology -- which theory makes the most sense in terms of "law and social change"? Relate your response to "theory, policy, practice." Why. Be sure to provide examples from the readings and other class materials.
      --- 2. According to Arrigo, what is the relationship between social justice and criminal justice? In your evaluation of this relationship, which theory -- Marxist criminology, socialist feminism, critical race theory or peacemaking criminology -- do you agree with the most? Why.
      -- 3. What do Mann and Zatz mean when they say that race is a "social construction"? Do you agree or disagree with Mann and Zatz? Why. Finally, how does this relate to the "tension" between facts and norms, according to Habermas? Provide examples from the readings and other materials in order to strengthen your argument.
      -- 4. Of all the theories covered so far -- Marxist criminology, socialist feminism, critical race theory or peacemaking criminology, which theory is most applicable to the American Indian experience? Why. Be sure to provide examples from the readings and other class materials.
      -- 5. Applying Habermas' notion of the "tension between facts and norms," what might be some examples from the American Indian past, present and future? Why. In your opinion, what is the most pressing "tension" and what are some possible remedies? Why.



    • Recommended Reading

      --- Leonard Peltier. Prison Writings.
      --- Dee Brown. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.
      --- Mary Crow Dog. Lakota Woman.
      --- Nancy Lurie. Mountain Wolf Woman.

      --- Jurgen Habermas. Between Facts and Norms.
      --- Martha Minow. Making All the Difference: Exclusion, Inclusion and American Law. Check out this link Martha Minow on the Dear Habermas site.

    • Links to the Sociology of Law Handbook readings

      -- Introduction
      -- Chapter 1, part 1
      -- Chapter 1, part 2
      -- Chapter 2


    • Important Class Related Links

      Critical Race Theory

      W.I. Thomas "Definition of the Situation


    Past Weekly Hubpages - Spring 2003


    Past Lecture Commentaries - Spring 2003


    All UWP Classes, Fall 2002 Report of Learning (ROL)