Through analysis of literature, film, and media, this course examines contemporary legal, ethical, philosophical, and ideological issues of the American criminal justice system. Topics include criminal psychology; wrongful conviction and the innocence movement; and mass incarceration and race. The approach follows from the perspective that the human condition is itself worthy of study and that examining human experience in the context of established intellectual frameworks can deepen our ways of seeing, understanding, impacting, and connecting with others and the larger world.
School of General Education
3 hours of lecture per week