UC 270 - University Courses Special Topics
Section: 001 Incarceration & Citizenship. Meets Fri. 9/15 to 11/17 plus several Tues. 7-10 pm. (Drop/Add deadline=Sept. 25).
Term: FA 2006
Subject: University Courses (UC)
Department: LSA UG: Curriculum Support
May be elected twice for credit.
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This course begins with a sobering look at what is happening in this country in terms of massive incarceration and its effects on our citizens. Despite participating in Michigan’s civil society few people are aware that one out of every two hundred people in Michigan is currently in a state prison. The United States is the most incarcerating nation with 25 percent of the world's prisoners. In 1979, 1 in 14 Michigan state workers were employed in the state prison system; it is now close to 1 in 3. Michigan has built over 30 prisons in the past 17 years. This reality is very significant, as it is not only about devastating consequences for specific Michigan families, neighborhoods, communities (Washtenaw County has the highest recidivism rate in the state), it is about who we are as Michigan citizens. All regular classes, no matter what the text or issue, will be a continual deepening and developing of a class discussion that is grounded in the basic questions: who are we, who am I in one of the most incarcerating states in the most incarcerating nation in the world? This course intends to broaden students’ understanding of incarceration and to motivate and engage them in acts of citizenship.

UC 270 - University Courses Special Topics
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001 (LEC)
F 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Tu 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Note: Meets Fridays 9/15/06 to 11/17/06 plus several Tuesdays 7-10 pm.
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