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1 Sociology 432: Analysis in Corrections (UH Manoa, Fall 2020) Wednesdays 3:00-5:30 PM, Room TBA, Prof. David T. Johnson Office Hours in Saunders 217: TBA; Tel 808-956-8462; [email protected] Overview This course focuses on the institutions and practices of criminal punishment. In Unit 1 we will consider evidence and arguments that the criminal justice system does not function in the way it says it does, nor in the way that most Americans believe it should. We will also examine the nature of criminal punishment – what it is, why it is used, and what its meanings, effects, and limitations are. In Units 2 and 3 we will read and discuss two good books: one on retribution and criminal punishment, and the other on race, capital punishment, and justice. Students are expected to participate in class discussions, do all of the assigned readings, and watch some films, videos, and documentaries. Students will also be required to make an in-class presentation on an issue related to criminal punishment (topic to be determined in consultation with the professor). There will be three exams: a take-home essay test based on the materials for the first unit of the course, and two in-class exams later in the semester. Learning Objectives . The most general learning objective is to help students develop the ability to think clearly and independently about issues related to criminal punishment. The specific learning objectives are to understand the nature of criminalization and criminal punishment; their causes, justifications, and effects; their connections to social facts such as class, race, gender, nationality, and culture; their political meanings and motivations; their variation in the world; and their functions and failures. Grades Grades will be based on how many points are earned out of 100. 90-100 points is an A , 80-89 B , 70-79 C , 60-69 D , and 59 points or fewer is an F . Points will be allocated as follows: Attendance & Participation (10 points), Pop Quizzes (10 points), Oral Presentation on a book or case or problem (20 points), Exam 1 (30 points), Exam 2 (15 points), and Exam 3 (15 points). Academic Honesty Our definition of plagiarism comes from the UH Manoa Student Conduct Code: “Plagiarism includes but is not limited to submitting, in fulfillment of an academic requirement, any work that has been copied in whole or in part from another individual's work without attributing that borrowed portion to the individual; neglecting to identify as a quotation another's idea and particular phrasing that was not assimilated into the student's language and style or paraphrasing a passage so that the reader is misled as to the source; submitting the same written or oral or artistic material in more than one course without obtaining authorization from the instructors involved; or ‘drylabbing,’ which includes obtaining and using experimental data and laboratory write-ups from other sections of a course or from previous terms.” It is each student's responsibility to learn about plagiarism and how to avoid it. Ignorance of the rules or saying “I forgot” or “I made a mistake” are not valid excuses.

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