AAST 271: 
African Americans
and the politics of incarceration


Course Description

This course explores how incarceration and criminalization affects Black people in contemporary society.  Lectures and class discussions will focus on how it is that Black women, men and gender queer people are over-represented in jails, prisons, detention centers and other places of confinement.  The course readings, discussions, guest lectures and videos will include an analysis of historical trends, current public policy, structural arrangements and community dynamics that leave Black people more likely to be criminalized in the US.  The course will end with discussions about prevention, transformative justice and ideas about prison abolition.

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Beth Richie
Professor of African American Studies & Criminology, Law and Justice

Contact Info

Office: 1201 UH
Email: brichie@uic.edu

Curriculum Vitae

What Does African American American Studies Mean to You?

An academic and political space in the academy that allows us to seriously explore how anti-black racism, along with other forms of structural oppression, influences our lives and creates the possibility for resistance.

Course Information

3 or 4 hours. Same as CLJ 271 and SOC 271. Previously listed as AAST 371. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better or concurrent registration in AAST 100 or Grade of C or better or concurrent registration in SOC 101.

Requirements Met

Individual and Society course
US Society course


Race, Politics & Institutions

When is it Offered?

Spring Semester