CJ 1090 - American Justice: Rethinking Guilt and Innocence

The course will explore concepts of guilt and innocence in the context of the American criminal justice system. Students will analyze whether the goal of the legal system is in fact to assess factual truth or whether there are other societal/political goals that are maintained or bolstered through the conviction and punishment of the “innocent” and/or the defense of the “guilty.” Students will critically examine the phenomenon of wrongful convictions with an emphasis on systemic bias and the intersection of race, gender, class, age, and mental disability; the causes of wrongful convictions – eyewitness testimony, informants, expert testimony, forensic evidence, interrogation techniques, and the biases of the police, the prosecution, and the judiciary, as well as, ineffective defense counsel. The innocence movement, post-conviction remedies and other solutions will be discussed. Enrollment Requirements: 28HON Students Only.
CM Effective Communication CT Critical Thinking IL Information Literacy KI Knowledge Integration SR Social Responsibility SE Social & Ethical Issues Honors
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