Contemporary Crime & Punishment

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Contemp. Crime & Punishment
Spring 2023
Taught By: Yunus Tuncel
Section: A

CRN: 13228

Credits: 3

In this interdisciplinary course, we read Dostoyevsky, Nietzsche, Freud, and Foucault. Dostoyevsky's novel, Crime and Punishment, raises many questions about crime in all its complexities, the personality of the criminal, his or her state of mind after committing a crime, punishment and about the relation of crime and punishment to redemption and love. In On the Genealogy of Morals, Nietzsche looks at crime from the standpoint of culture, values, and civilization; he dissects modern culture and locates the origins of sin/crime and punishment within the broader context of our value system. Freud, in Civilization and Its Discontents, examines crime as it relates to the unconscious and the topography of the psyche: What is the psychic condition of someone who commits a crime or punishes another for a crime? Our last author, Foucault, in Discipline and Punish, investigates the topic from the perspective of institutions in a historical context and in relation to the interplay of power, knowledge, and truth. We assess the ways in which all four thinkers agree and disagree, while reflecting on the contemporary relevance of their perceptions.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: Online - Asynchronous

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:44pm EDT 5/31/2023

Meeting Info:
Building: Online Course
Room: 999
Date Range: 1/23/2023 - 5/17/2023