Tu W Th 9:00am-12:00pm
The course explores the nature of punishment in our criminal justice system. In particular the course deals with the
history of capital punishment, the debate over the death penalty, and controversies in its application among capital
punishment states in the U.S. The course will have reading materials (books and articles), videos, and a possible
tour of a maximum security prison with death row. Attendance is required.
Readings will come from Just Revenge
by Mark Constanzo, Death Watch by Lane Nelson and Burk Foster, and Death Work by Robert Johnson
Wadsworth. Students will be given a letter grade based on a reaction paper to death row and a final exam based
on the readings.
Senior Project in Sociology
SO, SO-PY, SO-PS Majors
The project is designed for Sociology majors and other interdisciplinary majors. Students will complete a major
research paper (15 pages plus references and other supporting material) in consultation with the instructor. Each
student will submit a topic together with relevant bibliography prior to the Exploration Term. The instructor must
approve the research design. In addition, students must present their findings to the BSC community.
Y Ahora a Hablar!
SN 201 or SN 220
M Tu W Th 9:30am-12:00pm
Working around the theme of
Los Hispanos en los Estados Unidos
the objective of this class is to provide a
transition for students who have taken Spanish 201 or 220 but are insecure about their abilities to use the language
to converse. Conducted entirely in Spanish, this class will provide the students with the opportunity to practice their
conversational skills in a low-stress setting.
In this course, we will use movies, music, internet research and other
from the Spanish-speaking world, as a
point of departure for conversation. In addition, students will write weekly reflection
in Spanish on the material
discussed in class. Each student will also make several short, thematic presentations in Spanish during the course
of the term. We will enjoy presentations by native speakers and field trips around Birmingham to explore the
resources available to the growing Spanish-speaking population, as well as places of interest to those studying
Spanish. On our final class meeting, we will prepare food reflecting the cultures we have studied. Class will meet
Monday through Thursday (9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon). Evaluation will be based on class participation,
final oral presentation.
NOTE: A course fee of $30 will be charged to the student’s BSC account to cover shopping expenses for the meal