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Course Overview

A critical study of the major theories justifying the punishment of criminals, including retributivism, consequentialism, and hybrid and alternative approaches. Arguments about the appropriateness of certain punishments, such as the death penalty and felon disenfranchisement, will also be considered. Emphasis will be on analysis and evaluation of complex texts and on ethical debate.

Credits: 3
Distribution: Undergraduate
Prerequisites: GSR 150 or the equivalent; one course in philosophy or sociology

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Admissions Requirements

Hearing Undergraduate