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Capital Punishment

Capital Punishment

SOCI 2795 - 4 credits

Dates: December 2-6, 2013
Days: Monday - Friday
Time: 9:15 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Instructor: Scott Phillips

Description: The course examines: (1) public opinions regarding capital punishment; (2) capital punishment jurisprudence and legislation; (3) the impact of social forces on capital punishment (race, age, sex, mental retardation, social status); and (4) the administration and effectiveness of capital punishment (juror qualification, incapacitation, cost, deterrence, retribution, innocence). Though the course does not focus on whether the state should execute criminals, science cannot answer moral questions - it does include information that might be helpful in contemplating such a profound question.

Prerequisite: SOCS  1810: Understanding Social Life

Contact: Scott Phillips at