Overview of the history and evolution of the death penalty. Identification of key legal developments in death penalty jurisprudence.
This course examines the intersection of the law and the death penalty. Particular emphasis is placed on the history and development of the death penalty in the United States. Topic areas include the following: categorical exclusions for juveniles, the mentally ill, and the mentally retarded; lethal injection; the abolition movement; innocence and miscarriages of justice; as well as legal responses to claims of cruel and unusual punishment. Over the semester, the legal and criminal justice systems are examined as a proxy for how social and political conditions shape our responses to violent and heinous crimes. Engagement and innovative policy solutions are required from students. This is an important course for the field of criminal justice due to current legal efforts designed to bring out an end to the death penalty as a sentencing practice. For criminal justice students, and students in other department, understanding the legal and historical justifications for the death penalty is crucial. Currently, there are no other academic units at USC that offer a similar topical course. This class has implications to a broader South Carolina community that is interested in issues of justice and fairness.
Added Bulletin Description to the syllabus.
Your proposal is being returned for the following reason(s):
- The grading system indicates students must take one midterm exam, but 3 exams are listed. It is not clear how the other two exams work into the grading. Also, the class shows a schedule of only 12 weeks, which is short. It also shows an exam in the last week which if this is in the regular class times is not allowed by university policy.
- Change Objectives to Learning Outcomes
Please address the above and return this proposal, through all the channels, by April 24 at noon in order to be considered for approval by the Faculty Senate at the June meeting. Should your proposal not reach the committee by the stated deadline, the next Curricula and Courses review cycle will begin in August 2017. We are looking forward to your making this cycle.
KC Kirasic, Chair
Faculty Senate Committee on Curricula and Courses
narrative section under the "Course Requirements" in the syllabus states, "All students are required to take one regularly scheduled exam (Mid-term exam)." To be consistent with exams shown above and with the schedule, I recommend revising this statement to read, "All students are required to take three regularly scheduled exams."
Thank you for your efforts.