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Latest Update: February 28, 2002

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    Enjoy your Spring Break - March 17-23, 2002!!


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    All UWP Classes, Announcements
    • Friday, March 15th - Last Day to Drop Class
    • March 17-23 - Spring Break
    • Friday, March 29th, beginning of class - 2nd grid form & ROL due
    • Friday, May 3rd, beginning of class - FINAL ABSOLUTE DEADLINE
    • Friday, May 10th - Last Day of Class

    • Criminal Justice Association News

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

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

    All UWP Classes, web assigned readings: All UWP Classes, field trips:

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    Sociology of Law (SOCA 359)
    • Course Syllabus

    • Self-Tests/Pass-Prepared Exercises (all exercises are due no later than 10 a.m. central time on the date noted)

      • Feminism/Habermas (due Friday, March 15th). 1) ... How can legal regulation or company policies be drawn in order to both take into account manifest industrial hazards AND avoid discrimination based on gender or the possibility of pregnancy? (Bonsignore, p. 188-189, Q.1). 2) What transformation in feminist analysis of gender would be required? (Bonsignore, p. 200, Q.2). 3) If there are groups or situations for which the law does not produce just results, then do we lose legitimacy? Do we lose some of our social integration? And at what point does that become critical? 4) According to Habermas, what is a fact and a norm? What is the tension between facts and norms? Provide your own example. What is the tension between facts and norms in the documentary, "Zoot Suit Riots"(to be shown in class on March 6th). Note: In order to answer the last two questions, you need to read the early chapters of "The Sociology of Law Handbook" linked below.

      • new Four Sociologies (due Monday, March 25th). Compare and contrast structural functionalism, Marxism, symbolic interactionism and Habermasian theory: a) what is law?, b) on morality, c) the law breaker, d) the causes of law breaking behavior, e) the "cures" or solutions, and f) the consequences of law breaking behavior.

      • new Law Stories Introduction(due Wednesday, March 27th) 1) What are the major themes in this book? 2) Why stories? 3) How does Law Stories< relate to Habermas' tension between facts and norms? Why?


    • Special Announcement
      --- Friday, March 29th - 2nd rol & grid form due

    • Exam 2 Study Questions
      --- not up yet

    • Recommended Readings
      --- new Harriet Ziskin. The Blind Eagle: Stories from the Courtroom.
      --- 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.

    • Important Class Related Links
      --- "Who's Habermas? Why Habermas?"

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


    Corrections (CRMJ/SOCA 363)

    • Course Syllabus

    • Self-Tests/Pass-Prepared Exercises (all exercises are due no later than 11 a.m. central time on the date noted)

      • new Jails (due Wednesday, March 27th) Note: In order to complete this self-test, you need to view the following documentaries, "Second City" and "Presumed Innocent." 1) What are the similarities and differences between jails and prisons? Why do some people use the terms interchangeably? 2) Why are county jails considered the "bottom of the correctional barrel?" 3) What are some problems you would expect to encounter if you were in charge of providing rehabilitation programs in a county jail? Why.


    • Exam 2 Study Questions
      --- not up yet

    • Special Announcement
      --- Friday, March 29th - 2nd rol & grid form due

    • Recommended Readings
      --- 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



    Law and Social Change (CRMJ/SOCA 352)

    • Revised Course Syllabus

    • Self-Tests/Pass-Prepared Exercises (all exercises are due no later than 1 p.m. central time on the date noted)

      • Derrick Bell (due Monday, March 11th) 1) What was your "gut-level" reaction to the "Racial Preference Licensing Act?" 2) What was the author trying to tell you? Why. 3) What part of this article did you agree with the most? the least? Why. 4) How does this article relate to law and social change? to Minow's "dilemma of difference?" to "theory, policy, practice?"

      • Anarchist Criminology and the Color Black pt. 2 (due Wednesday, March 13th) Note: You will need to view "Cops Under Fire," to be shown on March 6th in order to answer these questions. 1) Identify and explain at least two police practices that are directed specifically at the black community. (M &Z, p. 125, Q. 3). 2) Relate "Cops Under Fire" to anarchist criminology. Provide examples to better illustrate your point. 3) How does "Cops Under Fire" relate to "theory, policy, practice"? 4) Ambiguity is commonly seen as a negative state of affairs, to be resolved or overcome. How is ambiguity redefined in a positive light within a model of anarchist justice? Do you agree that ambiguity and uncertainty can have positive effects? (Arrigo, p. 106, Q.2). 5) Anarchist justice incorporates the notion that we should protect and promote diversity and difference among people - that "anything goes". Within the model of anarchist justice, though, where are the limits to his notion that "anything goes?" Where would you set the limits? Why. (Arrigo, p. 106, Q. 4)

      • new Semiotics/Color Brown pt. 1 (due Wednesday, March 27th) Note: In order to be prepared for this self-test, you must view "Latin and African Americans: Friends or Foes?" to be shown in class. 1) How does the Color Brown relate to semiotics and justice? Using this week's the Color Brown readings, provide an example of "justice," justice, and JUSTICE. 2) According to Luis Rodriguez, why does violence make sense in today's society? (M&Z, p. 133, Q.4). 3) What movies have you seen recently in which Latino/a stereotypes discussed in Chapter 11 (Mann & Zatz) were depicted? Describe them. Were any of the images different, and if so, in what way? What inferences can you make if they have not changed? (M&Z, pp. 143-144, Q.3).


    • Special Announcements
      --- Friday, March 29th - 2nd rol & grid form due

    • Exam 2 Study Questions
      --- not up yet.

    • Links to Lecture Notes and Other Things
      --- Gordon Fellman related materials on the Dear Habermas site.

    • Other Recommended Readings
      --- new Luis Rodriguez. Always Running -- La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A.
      --- new Rudolfo Acuna. Occupied America: A History of Chicanos.
      --- new Richard Rodriguez. Hunger of Memory.
      --- new Joan Moore. Going Down to the Barrio: Homeboys and Homegirls in Change.
      --- new Joan Moore. Homeboys: Gangs, Drugs and prison in the barrios of Los Angeles.

      --- 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


      All UWP Classes, Fall 2001 Report of Learning (ROL)