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Beginner Level

Approx. 24 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Mass Incarceration

6 videos (Total 66 min), 5 quizzes
6 videos
Incarceration Rates in the United States and Europe (7:29)7m
Legal Reasons for Differences Between U.S. and European Incarceration Rates (11:00)11m
Cultural Reasons for Differences Between U.S. and European Incarceration Rates (15:40)15m
Additional Cultural Reasons for Differences Between U.S. and European Incarceration Rates (19:08)19m
Can Incarceration Trends Be Reversed? (8:29)8m
4 practice exercises
Incarceration and Crime Rates
The Impact of Mass Incarceration
Culture and Punishment
Recent Developments in Imprisonment Policies
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Punishment & Prevention

6 videos (Total 68 min), 6 quizzes
6 videos
Purposes of Punishment (11:36)11m
The Accuracy of Sentencing Determinations (11:09)11m
Treatment Programs (10:48)10m
The Autonomy Principle (11:32)11m
Pure Preventive Detention (14:50)14m
5 practice exercises
Purposes of Punishment
Understanding the Purposes of Punishment
Sentencing Factors
What works?
Preventive Detention Schemes
Week
3
4 hours to complete

Insanity & Neuroscience

5 videos (Total 74 min), 5 quizzes
5 videos
Legal Definitions of Defenses Based on Mental Disability (17:19)17m
The Outer Boundaries of Mental State Defenses (15:47)15m
Legal Claims Based on Neuroscience and Neurogenetics (17:31)17m
Mental Disability and Dispositions After Conviction (12:56)12m
4 practice exercises
Insanity Defense Facts
Mental State Defense Formulations
The Relevance of Neuroscience
Alternative Systems
Week
4
3 hours to complete

The Death Penalty

5 videos (Total 67 min), 6 quizzes
5 videos
Economics of the Death Penalty & Interrogations (11:40)11m
Eyewitness Identifications (15:11)15m
Labs and Adversarialism (16:09)16m
The Influence of Elections, Jury Confusion, and Race on Death Sentences (13:23)13m
5 practice exercises
The Death Penalty Worldwide
Causes of Wrongful Convictions--Part 1
Causes of Wrongful Convictions--Part 2
Cause of Wrongful Convictions -- Part 3
Causes of Improper Sentences
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By HTJul 28th 2019

Fantastic content, additional readings, and presentation style by the Professor.

Instructor

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Christopher Slobogin

Milton R. Underwood Chair in Law and Director, Criminal Justice Program
Vanderbilt Law School

About Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tenn., is a private research university and medical center offering a full-range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees....

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