Philosophy of Punishment Seminar

This seminar concerns normative justifications for the substantive criminal law and for state systems of punishment for crime. It examines literatures in the philosophy of punishment from the early 19th century (e.g., Kant, Hegel, Bentham) onwards, in contemporary criminal law and punishment theory (many writers), and in social theory (e.g., Durkheim, Weber, Marx, Foucault, Wacquant),concerning justifications for punishing at all, and whom, and how much, and functional questions about the larger social purposes that punishment serves. A focus is on the usefulness of existing paradigms for understanding and justifying such recent developments as restorative justice, community justice, therapeutic jurisprudence, and specialized drug and domestic violence courts. The seminar is writing-intensive with three short papers (5-10 pp.) and one longer one (minimum 20).

Credits
3
Limited Drop
Graduation Requirements
Upper Division Legal Writing
Subject Area
Criminal Justice *
Perspectives
Student Year
Upper Division
LL.M.
Grade base
A - F
Course type
SEM