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Robert Crosnoe, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Marcos Perez

M.A., The University of Texas at Austin

Marcos Perez




Marcos Perez es un estudiante de doctorado en el Departamento de Sociologia. Su principal interes es el estudio de las desigualdades sociales y la accion colectiva. En particular, Marcos busca estudiar la forma en que los movimientos sociales promueven la implementacion de politicas progresivas de distribucion del ingreso, favoreciendo una mejor distribucion de la renta y la riqueza.

Actualmente, Marcos se encuentra trabajando en dos proyectos de investigacion. Por un lado, un estudio de la relacion entre politicas neoliberales y desigualdad del ingreso para diferentes grupos de paises. Por otro, un analisis de la trayectoria del movimiento piquetero en Argentina luego de la crisis de 2001-2002.


Marcos Perez is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology. His main areas of interest are social inequality and social movements. In particular, Marcos is interested in the way social movements in general  may promote the implementation of progressive and redistributive policies, therefore acting as a force towards a better distribution of wealth.

Marcos is currently involved in two research projects. On the one hand, a study of the relationship between neoliberal economic policies and income inequality for different groups of countries. On the other, an analysis of the trends in collective action in Argentina after the economic crisis of 2001-2002, with special emphasis on the piquetero movement.


SOC 307D • Capital Punishment In America

44863 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm GDC 4.302
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Why does the United States continue to use the death penalty when nearly every other industrialized Western nation has abolished its use? What explains the persistence of this type of punishment in our society? This course explores capital punishment's past, present and future in America. Using academic sources as well as journalistic case studies, we will examine how the death penalty is currently implemented in the United States and abroad, study the history of capital punishment in this country, discuss different perspectives that shed light on the issue, and explore the debates regarding the morality, legality and efficacy of the death penalty.

By the end of the semester, students will have an extensive understanding of the role that capital punishment plays in American society. Readings and class activities are intended to familiarize them with issues such as the various arguments for and against the death penalty; the changes in public opinion about the subject; the different US Supreme Court decisions on the matter; the influence of race and class in sentencing and executions; the historical legacy of lynching; and the dilemmas posed by the way capital punishment is applied today.

Required Readings and Materials: 

There is no formal text for the course. All required readings will be posted on Blackboard under “Course Documents”, organized by the date on which they are due.

Grading Policy:

The course requires students to complete two exams and write a research paper. In addition, there is a class participation component, and an extra credit assignment.

Exams: There will be two exams that will consist of multiple-choice and true-false questions. Each exam will constitute 30% of your final grade.

Research Paper: You will write a 5-8 page paper, in which you will analyze a topic related to the class. You will be required to state a main question, research the subject, and elaborate your argument in a professional style. Your grade in this assignment will represent 35% of your final grade.

Class participation: Each student is expected to contribute in a meaningful way to in-class discussions. Consequently, 5% of your final grade will be based on your participation in class.

 Extra credit assignment: Students who wish to do so can sign up for an individual presentation about their papers at the end of the semester, in which they will introduce their arguments to the class, and answer questions from their peers and instructor. This is an optional assignment which adds up to 5 points (out of 100) to your final grade. 

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