Spring 2023


Listed in: , as EDST-135  |  Political Science, as POSC-135


Kristin Bumiller (Section 01)


(Offered as POSC 135 and EDST 135) This course will explore the meaning of justice and its realization in everyday life. We will consider individuals’ perceptions of justice and the significance of the concept in the relationship between citizens and government. We will examine how social movements attempt to seek justice and how this quest for justice defines their strategies and goals. And finally we consider how efforts to seek justice are realized, delayed, or blocked in institutional settings, such as in workplace organizations, prisons, state bureaucracies, and the courts. The course will be taught in an “Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program” format, enrolling equal number of students from Amherst College and a Prison. This course will be taught at a local jail. 

Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 12 students. Spring semester. Professor Bumiller.

How to handle overenrollment: Preference will be given to political science 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: Off-campus classroom setting, group work, collaborative class project, readings, written work, oral presentations.

EDST 135 - LEC

Section 01
W 1:20 PM - 5:00 PM SCCE A331

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
The Prison School: Educational Inequality and School Discipline in the Age of Mass Incarceration ‎ University of California Press Lizbet Simmons This book is optional and is not required to be purchased Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


Other years: Offered in Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023, Spring 2024, Fall 2024