AbstractThe reflexive paper assignment presented here calls on students to reflect on their own family and/or personal experiences in order to answer the question, "From where does the greatest harm arise?" In The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison: Ideology, Class and Criminal Justice, Reiman and Leighton (2010) make the case that the criminal justice...
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- Deviant Behavior/Social Disorganization
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- Class Level(s):
- College 300
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Usage NotesStudents were given several days to write a small paper, two to three pages in length, assessing harm that has come to their family or person. Following Reiman and Leighton we expect to hear stories of persons harmed by pollution, the workplace, poverty (however unlikely among a population of college students), and the medical industry. An important...
Learning Goals and Assessments
- Students will come to appreciate the harm caused by institutions not normally thought to be deviant.
- Students will begin to question the widely held assumption that great harm in society is caused by the "typical criminal," a young, urban, black, male.
- Written papers will be used to assess this goal.
- Written papers and classroom discussion can be used to assess this goal.