Description of course Genetics B/ Lab:
Incarceration seldom appears at the forefront of public concern--despite the millions of Americans behind bars. State-of-the-art forensics and brilliant investigative techniques on CRIMINAL MINDS, CSI, and other "crime" shows help convince the public that those arrested must be guilty, but how realistic are these portrayals? This course uses prison literature to show the invisible world of criminal justice. Through memoirs, letters, poems, essays, and autobiographies, the incarcerated and social analysts bear witness to religious, racial, social, and political oppression and to disparities of punishment in America. Likely authors to be studied include Leonard Peltier, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Day, Etheridge Knight, Michelle Alexander, Michal G. Santos, and Doris Lessing. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing.