ERIC Number: ED363537
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
[Teaching about Crime and Punishment.]
Ryan, John Paul, Ed.
Focus on Law Studies, v8 n2 p1-12 Spr 1993
This issue of a newsletter from the American Bar Association emphasizes teaching about crime and punishment. The first article offers an overview of the diversity and common assumptions that underpin the teaching of criminology. Student interest in crime and criminology creates an opportunity for instructors interested in challenging students' reproduction of commonplace but mistaken notions about the role of law in society. By using historical sources and case studies of legal invention, the instructor can make immediately problematic the legal status of an action as criminal. By placing the study of law within a comparative historical context, the instructor can focus on the creation of crime to analyze social structure and power in particular communities and states. Editor's notes include administrative news and a discussion on using active learning strategies in the classroom. This coordinates with the last article which offers a critique and alternative approach to moot court exercises. The second article provides an historical view of punishment practices and social control. The arguement is made that jails and prisons are being used more than ever, but control without confinement has been growing faster. The modernization of social control is marked by four changes: (1) subject of punishment shifted from the body to the soul, (2) regulation of punishment shifted from the community to the society, (3) target of punishment shifted from groups to individual, and (4) objective of punishment shifted from exile to normalization. The third article discusses why and how to incorporate feminist perspectives into the teaching of criminology. (DK)
Descriptors: Crime, Criminal Law, Criminology, Feminism, Higher Education, Law Related Education, Learning Activities, Learning Strategies, Liberal Arts, Social Control, Social Theories, Teaching Methods
American Bar Association, Commission on College and University Legal Studies, 541 North Fairbanks Court, Chicago, IL 60611-3314.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: American Bar Association, Chicago, IL. Commission on College and University Nonprofessional Legal Studies.