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SPECIAL COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

Interterm Courses

Capital Punishment

SOCI 2795 - 4 credits

Dates: December 1-5, 2014
Days: Monday - Friday
Time: 9:15 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Instructor: Scott Phillips

Description: The course examines: (1) the history of capital punishment (facts and trends, public opinion, legislation, and jurisprudence); (2) arguments often made for abolition (arbitrariness, innocence, cost); and (3) and arguments often made for retention (retribution, incapacitation, deterrence, closure). Because science cannot answer moral questions, the course does not attempt to answer the question of whether the state should execute criminals. But the course does include information that might be helpful in contemplating such a profound question. 

Contact: Scott Phillips at rphilli6@du.edu.

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