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Approx. 19 hours to complete
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

2 hours to complete

Mass Incarceration

2 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 66 min)
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

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Punishment & Prevention

3 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 68 min)
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

Week 3

4 hours to complete

Insanity & Neuroscience

4 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 74 min)
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

Week 4

3 hours to complete

The Death Penalty

3 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 67 min)
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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