Stuart Alan Streichler
Examines a topic, theme, or problem at the intersection of law, economics, and public policy.
Autumn 2013: 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).
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.
Class assignments and grading
Course requirements include in-class examinations, presentations, class participation, and a paper.