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What Is a Criminal? (Introductory level, general-education course at the University of New Hampshire. Clink link for 3 versions of the syllabus.)
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.