RCSSCI 357 - History and Theory of Punishment
Section: 001
Term: WN 2008
Subject: RC Social Sciences (RCSSCI)
Department: LSA Residential College
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In this course, we will explore the history and theory of punishment in the 19th and 20th Centuries. The main focus will be on the history of punishment in the United States, but we will draw on broader theoretical traditions and use comparative cases from other places. Central to the study will be patterns of change in punishment practices and how these reflected and/or foster new perspectives on who criminals are and what makes them misbehave. We will seek to understand how punishment systems create and defend coherent, if changing narratives about deviance, crime, and correction, and how these narratives work to organize the internal practices and the public discourse about punishment. Topics will include the invention of the penitentiary in the early/mid-19th Century, the development of industrial penology and the “big house” in the early 20th Century, contract labor systems and chain gangs that comprised penal practice in the American South after the Civil War, and the emergence of rehabilitative models of corrections and their crisis after the second World War. These historical explorations will frame a critical examination of contemporary penology and discourses on punishment. Class sessions will mix lectures with discussions and small group work. There will be several assigned books and a course pack; two essays and a final paper will supplant midterm and final exams. This is one of two required core courses for the Crime and Justice undergraduate academic minor.

RCSSCI 357 - History and Theory of Punishment
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001 (LEC)
14RC Ugrd
25Enrollment Management
MW 4:00PM - 6:00PM
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