Monthly Archives: September 2016

Foundations of Modern Social Theory with Iván Szelényi


This course provides an overview of major works of social thought from the beginning of the modern era through the 1920s. Attention is paid to social and intellectual contexts, conceptual frameworks and methods, and contributions to contemporary social analysis. Writers include Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Montesquieu, Adam Smith, Marx, Weber, and Durkheim.

Capital Punishment: Race, Poverty, & Disadvantage with Stephen Bright

Capital Punishment: Race, Poverty, & Disadvantage with Stephen Bright


IMPORTANT Each video has one or more readings and links can be found in the description area below each clip. You may need to click ‘Show More’ to see all the information.

This course explores the imposition of the death penalty in the United States with particular attention to the influence of race and poverty, and the disadvantages of mental illness or intellectual disability of those facing death. Utilizing decisions of the Supreme Court and other courts, transcripts, articles, interviews with people involved in the cases, and other materials, it examines both the legal and practical aspects of capital punishment, including the role of the prosecutor, defense lawyer, judge, and jury; the evidence to be considered; the procedures employed; and the fairness of its application.