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232.3 sec. 1 - Criminal Law and the Regulation of Vice (Fall 2012)

Instructor: Franklin E. Zimring  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: MW 11:20-12:35
Meeting Location: 132

Course Start: August 22, 2012
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49577

This is a course in advanced criminal law which focuses on the history and policy shifts in six areas usually regarded as "vice crimes," Drugs, Disapproved Sexual Behavior, Gambling, Pornography, Prostitution and Alcohol. Over the past half century, huge changes in law and law enforcement practices have been common in this area, and not all in the same direction. Decriminalization is common for gambling and pornography, but a huge war on drugs increased the prison population from drug crime ten fold in the US during the last generation. Why? What is likely to happen next? Are there differences of principle or only of politics informing radically different recent events and transnational variations?

Student can elect either a take home exam or paper project for a grade.

Exam Notes: TH/P
Course Category: Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP)
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Criminal Law
Law and Society
Social Justice and Public Interest

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  • Criminal Law and the Regulation of Vice
    Franklin E. Zimring, Bernard E. Harcourt,
    Publisher: Thomson West
    ISBN: 9780314169525
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $9.00
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Folletts prices are unavailable at this time.

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