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Fall 2017-2018
CHV 577 / COM 577 / ENG 535   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Crime and Punishment (Ethics of Reading VII)

Peter P. Brooks

The seminar studies important legal cases in the field of criminal justice and penology, alongside some works of literature that address analogous issues. Focus on reading legal opinions, especially concerning: guilt, search and seizure, interrogation and confession, trial, appeal, and punishment. Attention also to the analysis of narrative and rhetoric in both law and literature. Visiting faculty join the seminar every other week.

Sample reading list:
United States Supreme Court, Brewer v. Williams and other opinions
Queen's Bench, Regina v. Dudley & Stephens and other opinions
Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish (selections)
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
Franz Kafka, In the Penal Colony
Blue Hadaegh and Gover Babcock, Scenes of a Crime (documentary video)

Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Term Paper(s) - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
Seminar is open to all from 4:30 to 6:00; then only to students for balance of class session.


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22755 S01 06:00:00 pm - 07:20:00 pm W   Marx Hall   301   Enrolled:8 Limit:15
22755 S01 04:30:00 pm - 06:00:00 pm W   Marx Hall   301   Enrolled:8 Limit:15