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207.1 sec. 001 - Law and Order (Spring 2023)

Instructor: Jonathan Steven Simon  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


W 2:10 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: 2240 Piedmont 102
From January 11, 2023
To April 19, 2023

Course Start: January 11, 2023
Course End: April 19, 2023
Class Number: 32590

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 21
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 30
As of: 08/24 11:03 PM

When not mistaken for a television series, "law and order" names an ideal at least as old as the United States and deeply infused into law and politics. This course explores “law and order” as a mode of governance with specific attention to its course in the United States, but with an interest in its global reach. While "law and order" has implications for the entire scope of the criminal legal system, this course will focus on policing as the dominant expression and manifestation of law and order governance. Combining low social status with extraordinary and largely unaccountable legal power to let live or kill people, police have long confounded legal and political theorists. This course will examine the political development of policing in the broadest sense from the Revolution through the murder of George Floyd in the summer of 2020. In the 18th century police included all manner of regulatory, educational and legal efforts to foster the health and safety of the community. By the middle of the 19th century police had come to mean the paid uniformed services that were increasingly deemed essential to cities large enough to afford them. including the way 18th century thinkers understood police as the full range of regulations that could help govern cities, as well as the major institutional models available as it evolved in the 19th century including the slave patrol, the armed settler militia, and the London Metropolitan police. We will also examine the police as a subject of governance at the federal, state and local level starting with the Wickersham Commission report on the national failure of prohibition enforcement, through the post-war efforts to reform the police through both constitutional intervention and professionalization as well as recent calls to defund, transform or even abolish the police. Evaluation will be through a research paper of around 15 to 20 pages that can be aimed at either academic or advocacy audiences and will be an Option 1 paper for the JD writing requirement.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

Requirements Satisfaction:

This is an Option 1 class; two Option 1 classes fulfill the J.D. writing requirement.

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Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP)
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Race and Law
Social Justice and Public Interest

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