L8281 S. Crime and Punishment in American History
Section 001, Spring 2019
Section Description Provided by Instructor
Why do we punish? The answer to this question has changed dramatically over the course of American history. As the reasons behind punishment shifted, so did its methods change. Sometimes these developments occurred amidst great public debate and scrutiny; at other times, they proceeded almost without notice. This seminar challenges students to think critically about the relationship between laws on crime and punishment on one hand, and American society, politics, and culture on the other. What did it mean to be “criminal” at various points in American history? How have criminal laws both reflected and shaped their times? And what does this history mean for modern crime control and its reform?
To be taught by Professor Sarah Seo, University of Iowa College of Law.
W 2:00-3:50 pm
Method of Evaluation
J.D. Writing Credit
Minor (automatic), Major (only upon consultation)
LLM Writing Project
(only upon consultation)
Please Note: The cost of the Kindle version of the book Law’s Imagined Republic is between $8-12 (depending on rent v. buy).
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