— M.A., University of Texas at Austin 2009
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Julie Beicken is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology.
Her Master's Thesis, "Eugenics: An Elite Social Movement," was an exploration into how the eugenics movement of the early twentieth century framed its missions and tactics in order to pursue its goal of 'purifying' the white race and advancing the 'science' of racial hygiene.
Her dissertation, "In the Nick of Time: Ethics and Torture in the 'War on Terror' on 24,' examines the changing moral compass in the United States regarding the use of torture since the terrorist attacks of September 11th. It considers the evolution of ethical guidelines regarding torture in both legal documents as well as news and entertainment media, specifically through an in-depth qualitative content analysis of the popular television series, '24.'
SOC 307T • Punishment And Society
MWF 100pm-200pm CLA 1.106
“The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons,” Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote in 1862. Examining the function, methods, and particularities of punishment in a society reveals a great deal about its social relationships, inequality, and the operation of power. This course seeks to understand the role and complexities of punishment in the United States, from colonial times to the present. It considers what types of behavior we punish, why we punish, how we punish, and whom we punish.
Through a detailed analysis of the criminal justice system, we will evaluate the approaches of the United States to crime prevention, incarceration, and dealing with terrorism. We will begin by looking at the history of punishment in the U.S. and study the birth of the modern prison. We will then consider various theories of criminology and how explanations of punishment are social in nature. From there, we will explore several important issues related to punishment: the massive growth of the prison population in the U.S. at the end of the twentieth century; private prisons; the ‘War on Drugs’ and mandatory minimums; issues for women and mothers in prison; healthcare and HIV/AIDS in prison; prison gangs and violence; capital punishment; representations of prison in popular culture, and finally issues related to the ‘War on Terror:’ torture and surveillance. Through these myriad topics, we will gain insight into punishment in contemporary U.S. society.
This course will enable the student to: develop an understanding of the theories behind punishment and how they have changed over time; acquire comprehension of the complex relationships between crime, punishment, and inequality; hone analytical skills regarding the relationship between theoretical concepts and empirical realities; and consider the changing landscape of punishment in the twenty-first century and its relationship to the ‘War on Terror.’
Welch, Michael. (2005) Ironies of Imprisonment. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. ISBN: 0-7619-3059-0.
Grading and Requirements
Three in-class examinations (30% each) and attendance/participation (10%).
SOC 308 • Revolution, Power, Nonviolence
TTH 200pm-330pm UTC 4.104
This course considers the relationship between power, revolution and the role of violence (or lack thereof) in revolutionary movements. While the bulk of revolutions throughout history have relied on violent means to reach their goals, the Iranian Revolution of 1978-9 was the first in a series of revolutions that can be considered ‘nonviolent’—meaning that revolutionaries did not utilize violent tactics to overthrow an existing regime.
The first part of the course will examine theoretical perspectives on revolution, which are derived from studying empirical cases of revolutions throughout history. We will explore how revolutions have been explained and understood. Because revolutions involve, at least in part, the transfer of state power from one group to another, understandings of power are at the heart of the study of revolution. Thus, the second part of the course will consider different notions of power and how these relate to our understandings of revolutions. Finally, we will consider how both the exercise and transfer of power can be achieved by nonviolent means. We will look at both empirical cases and theoretical perspectives on episodes of nonviolent popular movements that have spawned great social change.
DeFronzo, James. 2011. Revolutions and Revolutionary Movements (4th edition)
Schock, Kurt. 2005. Unarmed Insurrections: People Power Movements in Nondemocracies.
Additional required materials will be available on Blackboard.
Three in-class exams 25% each
One short 3-4 page research paper 25%