Stuart Alan Streichler
Various topics designed to respond to faculty and student interests and needs.
Autumn 2012: Criminal Justice and Society. This course critically examines the administration of criminal justice in the United States, from law enforcement to the court system and sentencing. The course locates the administration of criminal justice within a broader societal context.
Spring 2012: Public Controversies and the Supreme Court. This course critically examines the role that the Supreme Court plays in highly divisive issues, both contemporary and historical. Major topics include affirmative action, race in the public schools, abortion, women and equal rights, along with the death penalty. Some attention will be given to the politics of Supreme Court appointments.
Autumn 2011: Race, Crime, and Law. This course critically examines the role that race plays in the administration of criminal justice in the United States. Topics include racial profiling, police practices, gangs, drug policy, trial practices, racial discrimination on juries, and sentencing policy. The course focuses on the African-American experience but will consider issues relating to the Latino community and Asian-Americans as well.
Student learning goals
Students will learn to critically evaluate competing arguments concerning the administration of criminal justice (Criminal Justice) as shaped by issues of race (Race, Crime, Law).
Students will learn to use evidence and logic to debate controversial issues involving criminal justice (Criminal Justice) and race.(Race, Crime, Law).
Students will analyze the capacities and limitations of the criminal justice system.(Criminal Justice and Society; Race, Crime, Law).
Students will analyze the Supreme Court as an institution involved in major political, social, and cultural controversies. (Public Controversies and the Supreme Court).
Students will learn to use evidence and logic to debate public controversies that have been addressed by the Supreme Court. (Public Controversies and the Supreme Court).
Students will evaluate the benefits and disadvantages of a legal approach to controversial questions in American political society. (Public Controversies).
General method of instruction
Previous courses in political science, sociology, or criminal justice would be helpful for Criminal Justice and Society and Race, Crime, and Law. Political science and law for Public Controversies and the Supreme Court.
Class assignments and grading
Course requirements include in-class examinations, presentations, class participation, and a paper.