HI 280A — Special Topic: Crime, Police, and Prisons in American History

3 credits; 3 lecture hours

What should be illegal, and who should decide? How should societies police and punish lawbreakers? Students learn the history of crime, police, punishment and rehabilitation over three centuries, focusing on theories of crime and policing, racism, civil rights, sex, drugs, and the rise and fall of violent crime. (G4: Social Sciences; G10: American History).