RCSSCI 360 - Social Science Junior Seminar
Winter 2021, Section 008 - Restorative Justice, Prison Reform, Abolition: From Theory to Practice
Instruction Mode: Section 008 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: RC Social Sciences (RCSSCI)
Department: LSA Residential College
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Details

Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Waitlist Capacity:
10
Advisory Prerequisites:
Upperclass standing.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Description

Though activists and organizers have been fighting against the injustices in the U.S. prison system for many decades, it is only in recent years that “Mass Incarceration” and “Criminal Justice Reform” have become well-known terms. For those who want to participate in prison-related social justice efforts, however, the programs, practices, and initiatives can be confusing to parse. Common questions include:

  • What exactly is "Restorative Justice", and what does it look like in practice?
  • What strategies fall under the umbrella of “prison reform”, and what practices are considered “abolitionist”? Are these practices mutually exclusive, or symbiotic?
  • What are “alternatives to incarceration?”, and what is “decarceration?”
  • And finally, how can students contribute to these efforts currently - particularly given the devastating impacts of Covid-19 in carceral settings - as well as in their future careers?
In this class, we will co-create working definitions of these terms and explore what they look like in practice, using texts, documentaries, and insights from organizers and activists engaging in this work every day. Specifically, we will explore the work of decarceration-focused restorative justice and arts-based practitioners; policy advocates; community re-entry specialists; social workers; educators; lawyers; and others. In addition to weekly short written assignments, students will select and participate in a multi-month decarceration-related program, project, and/or campaign of their choosing.

Class Format:

Instruction Mode:

Distance due to COVID (DC): As a DC (Distance due to COVID) course, all aspects of this course will be fully available via online/remote learning, with no in-person components. Learning Mode:

The weekly class sessions will meet synchronously, via Zoom, and will prioritize active student engagement, participation, and discussion.

Schedule

RCSSCI 360 - Social Science Junior Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 Online
28868
Closed
0
1RC Ugrd
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MW 10:00AM - 12:00PM
002 (SEM)
 Online
23526
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (SEM)
 Online
27420
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
004 (SEM)
 Online
24253
Open
0
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
006 (SEM)
 Online
27670
Open
15
3RC Ugrd
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Th 4:00PM - 5:30PM
008 (SEM)
 Online
27802
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM

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