CAAS 248 - Crime, Race, and the Law
Section: 001
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
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May not be repeated for credit.
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This course will examine the present-day crisis in the nation’s criminal justice system.

Taking a wide-ranging approach, students will not only explore the origins of the current crisis in case law, national politics, and the ongoing legacies of racial segregation, but will also examine the complex relationship between crime, poverty, and drug trafficking in the United States. Individual class sessions will probe DNA evidence and forensic procedure, racial profiling, jury selection, sentencing disparities, and capital punishment, while readings for the course will include groundbreaking books such as Sebastian Junger’s Belmont, David Cole’s No Equal Justice, and Thomas Cahill’s A Saint on Death Row.

Comprising both lectures and in-class discussion, this course will also feature an array of guest speakers — including law enforcement officers, prosecutors, defense counsel, judges, and community organizers — with frontline, hands-on experience with what has become one of the most daunting challenges facing American society today.

CAAS 248 - Crime, Race, and the Law
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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ISBN: 9780060742690
A Death in Belmont, Author: Sebastian Junger
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9781565845664
No Equal Justice, Author: David Cole
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9781595581396
Getting Ghost, Author: Luke Bergmann
ISBN: 9780312599539
Picking Cotton, Author: Jennifer Thompson-Canning, Ronald Cotton, and Erin Torneo
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