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ERIC Number: EJ890359
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0092-055X
Only Some Are Dead Men Walking: Teaching about Race Discrimination and the Death Penalty
Bordt, Rebecca L.
Teaching Sociology, v32 n4 p358-373 Oct 2004
This paper describes an experiential learning exercise I have used to teach race discrimination in my introductory and criminology courses. The exercise is designed to introduce students to the concept of non-conscious forms of racial bias, a form of race discrimination often difficult for students to grasp. Using a hypothetical criminal case, students imagine themselves as jurors in a capital murder trial and decide whether the defendant should receive the death penalty or life imprisonment. The results of the exercise are used as a basis for class discussion. Specifically, I consider why the students' findings either support or challenge previous research and consider social-psychological arguments about how racism manifests itself on a non-conscious level. After outlining the specifics of the exercise and describing the class discussion in detail, I offer an evaluation of the assignment based on student feedback and my own reflection. (Contains 3 tables and 7 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona