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234.1 sec. 001 - The School-to-Prison Pipeline (Spring 2021)
Instructor: Oscar Lopez (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction
- Th 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
From January 21, 2021
To March 04, 2021
Course End: March 04, 2021
Class Number (1Ls): 32052
Class Number: 32052
Enroll Limit: 20
As of: 05/08 05:45 AM
This seminar will provide a broad survey of the origins, history, and disparate impact of the school-to-prison pipeline. Students will also have the opportunity to develop, debate, and practice advocacy skills to combat the pipeline. Students will be expected to think critically about the intersection of school discipline; racial, gender, and disability justice; juvenile justice; and policing through the lens of current events at schools in Alameda County, particularly in Oakland and Berkeley. Course materials will include documentaries, podcasts, policy reports, book chapters, government and non-profit websites, the California Education Code, caselaw, and news articles. Topics include general efforts to end the school-to-prison pipeline, the removal of police from schools, increasing the use of restorative justice, reimagining "safety," and transforming the very structure of public schools. Students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge through small group projects and mock expulsion and IEP hearings. Students will also hear from guest speakers, potentially including community organizers and restorative justice facilitators.
This course is taught by Oscar Lopez, Interim Director and Clinical Supervisor with the Education Advocacy Clinic at EBCLC. Professor Lopez represents young people caught at the intersection of the juvenile justice and school discipline systems in Alameda County. Professor Lopez also partners with local, state, and national organizers as part of larger systemic advocacy efforts.
Students will be expected to submit a 3-page mid-semester reflection paper and an 8-page final paper.
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