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ETHSM-3000-2: Deconstructing Prison

Fall 2021

Subject: Critical Ethnic Studies - Seminar
Type: Seminar
Delivery Mode: Online
Level: Undergraduate

Course Dates: September 01, 2021 — December 14, 2021
Meetings: Fri 8:30-10:00AM
Instructor: Brian Karl

Units: 3.0
Enrolled: 16/16 Waitlist


How did the use of physical imprisonment become so integral to ideas of social order and influential on cultural attitudes in the U.S. and elsewhere, and what are some alternatives to continuing regimes of incarceration? How does the structured basis for defining crime and its punishments reflect and reinforce inequalities in society based on race, gender and economic status in the U.S. particularly, and how might those inequalities be more positively addressed and improved otherwise? This course will develop collective understandings of prisons in the contemporary moment by considering a wide range of critical insights on the significance and problems inherent in penal systems by way of first-hand written accounts, fictional narratives, and theoretical perspectives along with creative projects in other media by and about incarcerated individuals. Along the way, the class will examine differing ideas about prisons as sites of rehabilitation and reform, deterrence and/or punishment as well as investigate moves to abolish prison entirely.

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