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The school-to-prison pipeline describes a system of processes that pushes children out of school into jails and prisons. This course will explore the pipeline and the relationships between school, prison, and society. We will begin with the history and creation of the modern-day school-to-prison pipeline, focusing on the educational and public policies that encourage the criminalization of “others”, with particular emphasis on folks of color and under-resourced communities. We will also look to firsthand accounts from those pushed into the pipeline to humanize the topic and engage in thoughtful and compassionate discussion. Together, we will define “school” and “prison”, identifying how these definitions are aligned with the most current iteration of the pipeline, and how they can help us as we work to dismantle it.
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
Assignments for the course include ongoing journal assignments, two 3-5 page papers, and a final project.
Africana Studies concentrators and Psychology Majors
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit: