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Learner Career Outcomes

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Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Approx. 29 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
5 hours to complete

Course Welcome and Introduction

3 videos (Total 29 min), 7 readings, 2 quizzes
3 videos
Mass Incarceration: Introduction10m
Alex Friedmann: "Mass Incarceration, Criminalization, and Recidivism"5m
7 readings
Acknowledgements10m
About this course3m
Recommended Readings10m
About the "Pre-Course Survey"10m
Western Theories of Justice40m
Trends in U.S. Corrections10m
Facts About Prisons10m
1 practice exercise
Pre-Course Survey20m
Week
2
5 hours to complete

Crime and Punishment

9 videos (Total 96 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
9 videos
Doug Knight: "Justice and Mercy Applied: Stories from the Bible"17m
Doug Knight: "Stories of Justice and Mercy: Cain and Abel"12m
Doug Knight: "Stories of Justice and Mercy: The Goring of the Ox"5m
Doug Knight: "The Ten Commandments: Law, Order and Sacred Authority"8m
Doug Knight: "Why the Bible Still Matters: Crime and Punishment Today"12m
Social Theories of Punishment8m
Retributive Theories of Punishment8m
Utilitarian Theories of Punishment8m
4 readings
The Bible and Punishment5m
Durkheim, The Functions of Crime30m
Retributive Justice30m
Legal Punishment30m
Week
3
9 hours to complete

The Rise of the Prison

11 videos (Total 115 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
11 videos
The Rise of the Prison, Part 2: The Colonial Period to Now6m
Alex Friedmann: "What is the prison-industrial complex or PIC?"3m
Lisa Guenther: "How do prisoners end up in solitary confinement, and what happens there?"29m
"Why prisons Started using solitary confinement and why we should end the practice of extreme isolation"22m
Alex Friedmann: "History of the Private, For-Profit Prison: The Convict Lease System"9m
Joe Ingle: "The Convict Lease System"3m
Alex Friedmann: “The Private Prison Business Model”5m
Alex Friedmann: “Why Private Prisons? The Politics of Punishment”6m
Alex Friedmann: “Prisoners as Commodities: Moral and Ethical Objections to Private Prisons”11m
Alex Friedmann: “Private Prison Industry: Ancillary Products & Services”6m
6 readings
Film Viewing Guide: "The Farm: Angola Prison"1h 45m
The “Legacy of Slavery” Comes to the Smithsonian with Angola Prison Guard Tower Donation5m
Angola Museum: History of Angola Prison10m
Viewing Guide and links to PBS "Slavery by Another Name"1h 30m
Mother Jones: "My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard"45m
Banking on Bondage: Private Prisons and Mass Incarceration45m
Week
4
7 hours to complete

Criminalization: The Experience of Prison

12 videos (Total 147 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
12 videos
Alex Friedmann: "Mass Incarceration, Criminalization and Recidivism"5m
Dawn Deaner: “History and Purpose of Public Defense”6m
Dawn Deaner: “Public Defense: How it Works and Doesn't Work”8m
Dawn Deaner: “The Impact of Poverty on Justice”10m
Dawn Deaner: “Biggest Challenges in Public Defense”8m
Dawn Deaner: “Concluding Thoughts”2m
Chief August Washington: “Challenges to Policing”11m
Roundtable Discussion: The Experience of Prison13m
Roundtable Discussion: The Day-to-Day Reality of Prison17m
Roundtable Discussion: The Hidden Pains of Prison32m
Roundtable Discussion: Painful Truths About Prison in America16m
4 readings
Gideon v. Wainwright 372 U.S. 335 (1963)30m
The Atlantic: "Travesties in Criminal Justice That Are Mostly Ignored"10m
Viewing Guide: PBS "Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story"10m
Viewing Guide: "Rikers: An American Jail"1h 30m
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Top reviews from Justice, Mercy and Mass Incarceration

By PPDec 23rd 2017

Excellent course on practical aspects of Philosophy and Theology, on nowadays situation of mass incarceration. Let's perform a practical act of prayer, studying what this course has to say to us!

By CPJun 18th 2019

Very insightful. Excellent for people who really want to understand the ongoing problems of the US justice system and where they stem from.

Instructor

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Graham Reside

Assistant Professor
Vanderbilt University Divinity 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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