Listed in: Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, as LJST-228
Michaela J. Brangan (Section 01)
Demands to reform, defund, or abolish the police have a long history, even as contemporary calls to curb law enforcement are hotly debated. Some worry that demands for radical changes to policing spell political doom. Others hope they toll the final bell for racism. And some think even minor cuts to police will trigger a Hobbesian “war of all against all.” What is the relationship between the police and what jurists name “police power”: the state's legal authority over public health and welfare? How did this relationship originate, and how has it changed? What does it look like outside of the US? What other social and economic factors intersect with law in debates over the redistribution and transformation of police power? Can the US continue without police as we know them? We will examine these questions using cases and statutory law, critical race and feminist scholarship, political theory, and literary and visual culture to guide our inquiry.
Limited to 36 students. Fall semester. Visiting Assistant Professor Brangan
How to handle overenrollment: Priority given to LJST Majors
Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Class interaction (large/small groups): writing (formal/informal); research; presentation; study course materials
M 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM SCCE E210
W 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM SCCE E210
This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.
|If Beale Street Could Talk
|The City and the City
|A Critical Theory of Police Power
|The End of Policing
These books are available locally at Amherst Books.