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The Carceral Studies Network site organizes material by topical themes and resource type. These resources are split into two kinds: research and pedagogy. The resources below are a sampling of the latter, and are curated to help instructors more easily find relevant resources for their teaching. On the dedicated SyllabiAssignments, and Teaching Resources pages, users will find a wide variety of those teaching materials.

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Capture and Control: Geographies of Detention and Incarceration

Richard Nisa Fairleigh Dickinson University Discipline(s): Geography, Criminology, History Syllabus Last Updated: March, 2015 Modern democratic states often rely on practices of detention and incarceration in order to demonstrate (and increasingly, to circumvent) the power of the rule of law. As a result, international and domestic detention spaces like refugee camps, jails and for-profit prisons, war… Read More »Capture and Control: Geographies of Detention and Incarceration

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Prison Abolition Class

Rev. Jason Lydon Black and Pink Org. Ed Rodman Episcopal Divinity School Syllabus Last Updated: July, 2011 The following is a syllabus for a course on Prison Abolition that was co-taught by the founder of Black and Pink, Jason Lydon. This collection of readings is intended as a primer for readers on the creation and function… Read More »Prison Abolition Class

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Restorative Justice, Prison Ministry, and the Church

Douglas A. Campbell Duke University Discipline(s): Divinity Syllabus Last Updated: October, 2016 The course describes and criticizes current realities in the American criminal justice system and its allied ideology of retribution in the light of a theology of reconciliation. Alternative models of restorative justice are explored, along with the role of the local church as an… Read More »Restorative Justice, Prison Ministry, and the Church

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Blogging about solitary confinement

Matt Whitt Duke University Discipline(s): Philosophy Last Updated: September, 2015 Course Level: undergraduate Assignment Summary: This assignment asks students to think about how we acquire, assess, and convey knowledge about solitary confinement. Learning Outcomes: The assignment explicitly asks students to reflect on the choices that two authors (one with first-hand experience of solitary, one without) make… Read More »Blogging about solitary confinement

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Lived Spaces

Lisa Guenther Vanderbilt University Discipline(s): Philosophy Last Updated: September, 2015 Course Level: undergraduate Assignment Summary: Lived space – Everyday elements of Mass Incarceration (Created by Lisa Guenther, Vanderbilt University) If we live in a society that is structured by mass incarceration, then we should be able to see traces of these structures beyond the prison walls,… Read More »Lived Spaces

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Southwest Prison Writing

Joe Lockard Arizona State University Discipline(s): English Last Updated: January, 2014 Course Level: undergraduate Assignment Summary: Comparison paper on Jimmy Santiago Baca and Ken Lamberton. Learning Outcomes: Comparison of prison writings english345paper4assignment

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Speaking of whiteness

compromise as a purposeful pedagogical strategy toward white students’ learning about race Journal Teaching in Higher Education Laurel Puchner Donyell L. Roseboro May, 2011 This article discusses pedagogical issues that arise in higher education when instructors of color teach classes with predominantly white students. We use student interview data collected during one graduate social foundations… Read More »Speaking of whiteness

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Other People’s Problems

Student Distancing, Epistemic Responsibility, and Injustice Studies in Philosophy and Education Matt S. Whitt June, 2015 In classes that examine entrenched injustices like sexism or racism, students sometimes use “distancing strategies” to dissociate themselves from the injustice being studied. Education researchers argue that distancing is a mechanism through which students, especially students of apparent privilege,… Read More »Other People’s Problems

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Fighting Imperviousness With Vulnerability

Teaching in a Climate of Conservatism Teaching Philosophy Jeanine Weekes Schroer June, 2007 This essay explores challenges that arise for professors who teach critical theory in our current climate of conservatism. Specifically, it is argued that the conservative commitments to non-revolutionary change and reverence for tradition are corrupted in our current political and intellectual climate.… Read More »Fighting Imperviousness With Vulnerability

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