Beyond Policing: Abolition and the U.S. Carceral State

Schools of Public Engagement: Global Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Beyond Policing

Fall 2019

Taught By: Ujju Aggarwal

Section: A

CRN: 7259

Credits: 3

In recent years, we have witnessed heightened attention, visibility, and activism around the joined problems of police violence and prisons. While there is increased consensus about the need for change, how do we understand the problems of policing and prisons, and what are the related “solutions” that we work for --- and what’s at stake? How do carceral logics and forms extend beyond the site of the prison? What are the limits of reform? How do we track the historical antecedents of contemporary movements against prisons and police violence, and why do they matter? What does abolition mean, and what political futures does it present? Students in this course will address these and other questions through readings, films, field trips, case studies, and primary research that includes ethnographic and/or archival research. Based on an understanding, rooted in political economy, of the role of prisons and policing as they have emerged in the context of the United States, students in this course will work toward two primary goals: 1) tracking carceral logics and forms--beyond the site of prisons and the streets--as they take shape in multiple scales and geographical contexts: from schools to hospitals and homes; from infrastructure to urban design; from not-for-profits to social science, to policy reform, to projects that purport to “help,”; and 2) expanding our imaginaries through studying abolitionist projects as political analysis and strategy that works at multiple scales and at the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, (dis)ability and migration. Students’ research will work in concert with current campaigns and projects of social justice organizations working to build alternatives that move us “beyond policing.”

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Global Studies (UGLB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five 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: 6:02am 12/7/2019 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 702

Date Range: 8/28/2019 - 12/11/2019