PL 335 - Political Philosophy: Justice and Mass Incarceration
The United States imprisons more people per capita than any other nation in the world. A disproportionate number of those incarcerated are people of color, particularly Black, Latino, and indigenous men. How can mass incarceration in the United States be understood? What are the beliefs and ideologies that underwrite this cultural fact?
This course is an exercise of "societal exegesis," using philosophical, theological, and sociological texts to examine the system of mass incarceration in the United States. Students unpack the institutional history that has created mass incarceration in the United States today, read selections from philosophical and theological literature written from and about prison, and inquire into the feasibility of intervening upon the systemic injustice and racism woven into the prison-industrial complex by way of an experiential practicum in restorative justice.
Prerequisite: PL 201 and one additional PL 200-level course.
Interdisciplinary Studies: FO/IFS/IPJ
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