SOC 495 - Topics in Sociology
Winter 2023, Section 006 - Restorative Justice, Prison Reform, Abolition: From Theory to Practice
Instruction Mode: Section 006 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Sociology (SOC)
Department: LSA Sociology
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Details

Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Advisory Prerequisites:
One introductory course in Sociology.
Repeatability:
May be elected three times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:
Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/4/23 - 4/18/23 (see other Sections below)
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Description

Though activists and organizers have been fighting against the injustices in the U.S. prison system for many decades, it is only in recent years that “Mass Incarceration” and “Criminal Justice Reform” have become well-known terms. For those who want to participate in prison-related social justice efforts, however, the programs, practices, and initiatives can be confusing to parse. Common questions include:

  • What exactly is "Restorative Justice", and what does it look like in practice?
  • What strategies fall under the umbrella of “prison reform”, and what practices are considered “abolitionist”? Are these practices mutually exclusive, or symbiotic?
  • What are “alternatives to incarceration?”, and what is “decarceration?”
  • And finally, how can students contribute to these efforts currently as well as in their future careers?

In this class, we will co-create working definitions of these terms and explore what they look like in practice, using texts, documentaries, and insights from organizers and activists engaging in this work every day. Specifically, we will explore the work of decarceration-focused restorative justice and arts-based practitioners; policy advocates; community re-entry specialists; social workers; educators; lawyers; and others. In addition to short weekly written assignments, students will design and complete a final decarceration-related project, featuring topic(s) and a format of their choosing.

Schedule

SOC 495 - Topics in Sociology
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
21571
Open
5
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
002 (LEC)
 In Person
25493
Closed
0
 
3
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
003 (LEC)
 In Person
24542
Closed
0
 
3
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
004 (LEC)
  Hybrid
24841
Closed
0
 
4
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
005 (LEC)
 In Person
30466
Closed
0
 
5
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
006 (LEC)
 In Person
31650
Closed
0
 
14
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
007 (LEC)
 In Person
36705
Open
2
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23

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