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Part 1: Invent a criminal law. The purpose of this law is to make something ille

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Part 1: Invent a criminal law. The purpose of this law is to make something illegal that is not currently illegal. Give a brief explanation of why it should be illegal. Do a little research into how many people might be affected by making this new law. Give some suggestions on how this new law should be enforced and any penalties or punishments it should carry.
Use one of the major theories of criminology to explain why this thing should now be illegal.
Discuss this law in terms of power: How does making this new thing illegal affect power? Does it take power away from people? Does it give power or protections to people? How might this law affect our current ‘technology of power’?
Speculate why this thing is not currently illegal? What are the social reasons for it not currently being illegal and what are the social reasons for making it illegal?
Discuss this law in terms of social class, race, gender and/ or other identities. Does it affect everyone the same? Who are the people currently breaking this law? Who are they affecting?
How might this law make society better or safer? Are there objections to this new law? What criminology theories might argue against your new law?
How does this new law affect freedom or justice?
Part 2: Erase an existing criminal law. Find a law at any level of government, and make an argument for getting rid of it. Describe the law and discuss its current and/or historical rates.
Why does this law exist to begin with? How is it enforced and what are the current penalties or punishments for it? Why would you want to get rid of it?
Who benefits from this law?
How does this law fit in to our current ‘technology of power’?
Who is targeted with this law?
What criminology theories support this law? What theories might be used to argue against the existence of this law?
Discuss this law in terms of class, race, gender and/ or other identities. Are all groups equally affected by this law? Would all groups benefit equally from erasing this law?
How is society made better by getting rid of this law? How does this affect freedom or justice?
Part 3: Through sixteen weeks of lectures and two books, we end on an assignment that asks us to change the laws and provide compelling arguments for doing so. Obviously, we do not have the power to make these changes.
We live in a democratic country that is ‘for the people and by the people,’ yet regular folk are often excluded from making changes to society. Why might that be the case? What are the implications for our democracy?
If you really wanted to change a law, what would that take? How difficult would it be? What kinds of barriers are there?
Are we in charge of the criminal justice system, or is it in charge of us?
Discuss one social movement that has tried or is trying to change laws. What are their tactics? Are they successful?
Rubric: 20 Points total
Part 1: 5 Points Possible
Clear and informed argument
Compelling evidence
Discussion of power
Discussion of freedom or justice
Social implications
Part 2: 5 Points Possible
Clear and informed argument
Compelling evidence
Discussion of power
Discussion of freedom or justice
Social implications
Part 3: 5 Points Possible
Discussion of democracy
Discussion of a social movement
Discussion of Power
Compelling evidence

 

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