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CRM/SOCL 412 Law & Society    

Required Readings

Paul Leighton and Jeffrey Reiman, Criminal Justice Ethics

The companion website to Criminal Justice Ethics can be a helpful resource in clarifying parts of the reading and/or exploring topics that interest you. 

Student Conduct Code

University guidelines, policies, and procedures 

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Recommended Reading 

Jeanne Flavin. Our Bodies, Our Crimes. (New York University Press) 0814727549. 

Seth Tobocman, You Don’t Have to Fuck People Over to Survive (Soft Skull) 1887125352

Murakimi. Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche. (Vintage)  0375725806.

Aaron James. Assholes: A Theory. (Doubleday) 0385535651.

Jack Olsen. Last Man Standing: Tragedy and Triumph of Geronimo Pratt. (Anchor) 0385493681.

How to Find Cheaper College Textbooks NY Times

The Study Hacks blog teaches students how to do (very) well without burning out. It preaches the idea that you should: do less; do better; and know why.

20 Tips to Reduce Academic Procrastination ~ book: Solving the Procrastination Puzzle: A Concise Guide to Strategies for Change ~ Procrastination Research Group

Paying student loans late can damage the credit scores of young adults. And one big reason it's happening is the fact that many among the indebted simply aren't sure how many loans they have, how and when to pay them back correctly and how to find and use programs for people who can't afford the full payments. [Article is helpful in by providing an overview of what you should do and links to information.]

Students’ “on-task behavior” (studying) started declining around the two-minute mark as they began responding to arriving texts or checking their Facebook feeds. By the time the 15 minutes were up, they had spent only about 65 percent of the observation period actually doing their schoolwork. Evidence from psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience suggests that when students multitask while doing schoolwork, their learning is far spottier and shallower than if the work had their full attention. They understand and remember less, and they have greater difficulty transferring their learning to new contexts.

Continuous partial attention arises from the desire to "connect and be connected." But "in large doses, it contributes to a stressful lifestyle, to operating in crisis management mode, and to a compromised ability to reflect, to make decisions, and to think creatively. In a 24/7, always-on world, continuous partial attention used as our dominant attention mode contributes to a feeling of overwhelm, over-stimulation and to a sense of being unfulfilled."

Required Reading

Click here for syllabus (.pdf) | Career & Job Info

Jan 6
Introduction & Greeting I would recommend bookmarking this page for further reference. You may need to hit the Reload/Refresh button to get the latest version. 
Jan 11
Reiman, CJ Ethics (intro); Nash, Teaching Ethics If Reiman’s chapter introducing the moral theories is complex, please explore the companion information on the internet. Each theory has a summary and additional links to explain key concepts.
  • The Rights of Man... and Beast (NY Times) - lawyer's campaign to use habeas corpus to get a hearing for intelligent animals that are subjected to inhumane conditions. They are not human beings, he argues, but they are 'persons' who deserve legal standing because of their capabilities.
Jan 13
Part 1, Bazelon
Jan 18
MLK DAY No Classes
Jan 20
Part 1, Katz
Jan 25

Part 2, Feinberg p 87-88 (skip section 4) & 92 (Mill) - 108

Class will cover substantial material not in the text

IN CLASS QUIZ #1: In the reading for today, Feinberg discusses ‘the presumptive case for liberty.’ Drawing from this section of the reading, your quiz will ask: (1) what is the relationship between liberty and self-realization; and (2) what are three of the ‘social benefits’ that are related to freedom? [5 points]

Jan 27
Part 2, Drug debate (Trebach and Inciardi)
Feb 1
Part 2, Prostitution (In re P; MacKinnon; Committee for Prostitutes’ Rights)

IN CLASS QUIZ #2: Read the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on Feminist Perspectives on Sex Markets. Read section 2.2 on harms to women. Your quiz will ask you to summarize the arguments of multiple authors who are reviewed. Specifically, 1) for those authors who argue prostitution causes harm to women, what are their arguments? And 2) what is the critique of these positions and what is the argument of those who claim prostitution does not harm women? (You do not need to know the names of those making the arguments, but you need to include the argument of more than one author/theorist on each side of the debate.) [6 points]

Feb 3
Part 2, Hate Crime (Wisc v Mitchell)
Feb 8
Part 2, Corporate Violence (Reiman, AMA)
Feb 10
  Review and catch up
Feb 15

TEST 1  remember to be on time because no one will be admitted to take the final after the first person has left

There will NOT be extra credit later in the semester, so take this test seriously and study for it.

Feb 17
Appendix on Codes of Ethics; Part 3, Kleinig  
Feb 22 - 28
Winter Recess No Classes
Feb 29

Part 3, Skolnick & Leo; 

WORKSHEET #1: Download the worksheet, then watch the video "Why I Don't Talk to the Police." Type the answers to the questions on the worksheet, print it off and turn it in at the beginning of class. [10 points]

Mar 2
Part 3, Marx; US v Tobias;
Mar 7
Part 3, Selective Enforcement (Kleinig, Reiman) IN CLASS QUIZ #3: Read Why Driving While Black Matters. Examine Part III, where the author lists six specific reasons. The quiz will ask you to review THREE of these reasons as well as their definition or explanation. [6 points]
Mar 9
Part 4, Haskell, 
Mar 14
Part 4, Amar & Cochran debate Defendants' Rights
Mar 16
Part 4, Kipnis, Weinstein
Mar 21

TEST 2 remember to be on time because no one will be admitted to take the final after the first person has left

There will NOT be extra credit later in the semester, so take this test seriously and study for it. 

Mar 23
Part 5, Treatment of Inmates - Gorman


Mar 28
Part 5, Treatment of Inmates - Newman
Mar 30
Part 5: National Council of Churches on death penalty; Nathanson, Reiman, van den Haag exchange; American Medical Association
Apr 4

Part 5: National Council of Churches on death penalty; Nathanson, Reiman, van den Haag exchange; American Medical Association

WORKSHEET #2: Please download the worksheet about wrongful convictions that is available on the class webpage. Follow the directions to access the materials. Type your answers on the worksheet and turn it in a printed copy at beginning of class. [11 points]


Apr 6
Part 6, Strossen and Allen debate;
Apr 11
Part 6, Reiman

IN CLASS QUIZ #4: Read Schneier's post The Eternal Value of Privacy. The quiz will ask you: (1) the author rejects the idea that privacy is only about hiding a wrong and he says it is about what (2) why does he say it never occurred to the framers of the Constitution to mention privacy (3) what does he say will happen if we are observed in all matters and (4) the author rejects the debate about security v privacy and suggests it is about what? [7 points]

Apr 13
Part 6,  Seagal  

PLEASE NOTE: Professors do not have regular office hours after the last class. Make sure to get in touch before classes end if you have an important issues to resolve. All back work should be turned in before the end of the last class. The late penalty escalates sharply at this point; papers turned in after the last day of class will be worth a maximum of 1 point. Work turned in at the final exam will only be counted if you have made prior arrangements with me.

Apr 18
Part 6,  Leighton
Apr 21
Review & Catch up
Apr 25

Final Exam  - 9:30 - 11:00 (not regular class time)

BONUS: What is this about?

remember to be on time because no one will be admitted to take the final after the first person has left



If you're graduating, congratulations. Whether or not you are graduating, check out the commencement address given by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple. He discusses dropping out of college (he never graduated), getting fired from Apple (a company he helped start) and dealing with cancer. 

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

Ryan Holiday did not give a graduation speech but

I’ve hired my fair share of people now (fired them too) and having been through the ringer of young-person-just-starting-out close to a half dozen times, I figure I know it better than just about anyone. You’re scared but overconfident, clueless but eager to learn, just glad to be given a shot. I tried to think of a few things I wish I’d been told when I was just starting, things that would have saved me from screwing up. These are the things I still tell myself.

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