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Coverage for grant AQ-228955-15

NEH Enduring Questions Course on Definitions of the Criminal
Katherine Gaudet, University of New Hampshire

Grant details:

What Is a Criminal?: New course helps Honors students think differently about crime and punishment (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Catherine M. Welter
Publication: University of New Hampshire Honors Program website
Date: 11/13/2017
Abstract: "Featured Course" article: "As the title itself suggests, 'What is a Criminal'” asks students to consider a question that philosophers, theologians, and legal scholars have been debating for centuries. In order to provide her students with a solid background in the history of criminality, Dr. Gaudet drew from a broad range of texts, including religious treatises on retaliation, forgiveness, and reformation; essays by Plato, Hobbes, and Rousseau on the formation of government and society; and 19th- and 20th-century texts about morality, discipline, and the human brain. While examining the theoretical underpinnings of America’s criminal justice system, students also read and analyzed fictional representations of crime and punishment, as well as a memoir about life in an American prison."