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ALS 220 History of Crime and Prisons
This course draws on African American, Women/Gender, LGBTQ Studies, legal, social, cultural, and political history to explore the convergent racial, gender, economic, and sexual ideas and practices that animate criminal activity, prison reform, and penal administration from colonial times to the present. Students engage with primary/secondary sources as historians, critically analyzing the evolution of crime and punishment. Ultimately, students acquire knowledge of the mutually sustaining forces of crime and the prison-industrial system, and think critically and creatively about ways to address the social problems linked to both institutions. (LA)
Cross-listed as AHIS 220.
Prerequisite: SoS or 100-level course in ALS or HIST.
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