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Philosophy of Punishment Seminar
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Type

SEM

Credits

2/3 cr.

Senior Writing

Yes

Student Year

2L/3L

Description:

This seminar concerns normative justifications for the substantive criminal law and for state systems of punishment for crime. It examines literatures in the philosophy of punishment from the early 19th century (e.g., Kant, Hegel, Bentham) onwards, in contemporary criminal law and punishment theory (many writers), and in social theory (e.g., Durkheim, Weber, Marx, Foucault, Wacquant),concerning justifications for punishing at all, and whom, and how much, and functional questions about the larger social purposes that punishmet serves. A focus is on the usefulness of existing paradigms for understanding and justifying such recent developments as restorative justice, community justice, therapeutic jurisprudence, and specialized drug and domestic violence courts. The seminar is writing-intensive with three short papers (5-10 pp.) and one longer one (minumum 20).

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Sections

Spring 2015: Philosophy of Punishment Seminar

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Type

SEM

Credits

3

Student Year

2L/3L

Details:

(see course description, above)

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Spring 2014: Philosophy of Punishment Seminar

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Type

SEM

Credits

2

Senior Writing?

Yes

Student Year

2L/3L

Details:

(see course description, above)

(no readings)

Spring 2013: Philosophy of Punishment Seminar

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  • Professor Zachary Hoskins

Type

SEM

Credits

3

Student Year

Same as Course

Details:

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