HUMA 444E (H01) - What is a Criminal?

Hon/What is a Criminal?

Durham   Liberal Arts :: Humanities
Online Course Delivery Method: Online Asynchronous
Can be taken by students who are remote.
Credits: 4.0
Term: Summer 2023 - Summer Session I (05/22/2023 - 06/23/2023)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   10  
CRN: 70812
Criminals are people who break the law -- In theory. How do people become criminals (with regard to biological, cultural, and economic influences)? What happens to them in the criminal justice system, and how does the system shape the definition of "criminal"? We will also discuss "criminals of conscience" from Thoreau and Gandhi to Edward Snowden. The course will emphasize reading but will also engage with other media, including films, podcasts, and visual art.
Registration Approval Required. Contact Instructor or Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Campuses not allowed in section: CPS Online
Only the following students: Honors Program
Attributes: Online (no campus visits), Inquiry (Discovery), Humanities(Disc), Honors course, EUNH
Instructors: Katherine Gaudet

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
5/22/2023 6/23/2023 Hours Arranged ONLINE
Additional Course Details: 

 As this course is offered in an accelerated 5-week format, students should be prepared to spend a large amount of time per week on reading and assignments. The course is asynchronous, with no meeting times; students will complete weekly modules and participate in discussions online. Please note that this summer online course does NOT fulfill a Writing Intensive requirement.


Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. New York: The New Press, 2020(2010). ISBN: 9781620971932 Katherine Gaudet (ed), What Is a Criminal? Answers from Inside the US Justice System. New York: Taylor and Francis, 2023. ISBN: 9780367770273