Daniel Perrone LIT 326 Online Syllabus.doc - John Jay College of Criminal Justice City University of New York/CUNY 445 W 59th St New York NY 10019

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9 John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York/CUNY, 445 W. 59th St. New York, NY 10019 SYLLABUS AND COURSE SCHEDULE CRIME, PUNISHMENT AND JUSTICE IN U.S. LITERATURE Semester: Fall 2019 Days and Times: Participation twice a week Title: LIT 326 Room: Online Code/Section: 16798/97 Instructor’s Name: Daniel Perrone Phone: 212-237-8909 E-Mail: [email protected] Course Description : This course examines literary texts about crime, punishment, and justice from the United States in order to explore how questions of right, wrong, and fairness have been and are understood. Students will read literary and theoretical texts that question the psychological and social causes of crime and their effects, the varieties and purposes of punishment, and what justice might mean in any given context. Critical and writing skills will be enhanced through close analysis of texts and the application of basic literary concepts and methods of interpretation. We will examine how our views on criminality and punishment have changed over time, but we will also trace the ways in which race, gender and class-based inequality and prejudice—both conscious and unconscious—have continued to shape our struggles for justice. This Course investigates and questions these ideas alongside literary and legal texts that trouble our sense of what constitutes crime, punishment and justice in various cultural contexts and historical moments particular to the United States. The larger underlying problem fore-grounded by the texts we will read this semester can be framed by the following two questions: In what ways do our definitions of criminal behavior and the reasons why and how we punish reflect our core social values? Is our justice system and the values that it represents established out of a desire for rehabilitation or a desire for retribution? Learning Objectives : Learning Outcomes Include: • Developing an understanding of the social, political, economic and cultural contexts of the struggles for justice in the U.S. context; • Analyzing how struggles for justice have shaped societies and cultures throughout the U.S.; • Differentiating multiple perspectives on the same subject; • reading a text closely, paying attention to the significance of words, syntax, and their contribution to the meaning of the text as a whole; • identifying the key elements and terms of literature, such as tone, form, point of view, figurative language, and plot structure in their analysis of literature • demonstrating awareness of a given genre and its conventions within a historical context; • writing critically of literature, including setting up a thesis, incorporating textual evidence, writing a coherent argument, and citing sources correctly according to a standardized format; • producing a paper edited for clarity and grammatical correctness • and engaging in an online classroom environment, as described in the participation grades sections, below.
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