Teaching Criminology at the Intersection
A How-to Guide for Teaching about Gender, Race, and Class
Edited by Rebecca M Hayes Smith, Kate Luther, Susan Caringella
Routledge – 2014 – 224 pages
Topics which surround gender, race, ethnicity, and class, produce some of the most challenging issues for classroom lectures and discussions. These conversations, which many people find uncomfortable, are commonly met with resistance in the classroom when students are asked to examine how victimization is gendered, how racial profiling affects the criminal justice system, or how socioeconomic status shapes a defendant’s experiences in court.
Teaching Criminology at the Intersection is an instructional guide to support faculty as they navigate teaching these topics. By combining the experience and knowledge of an international set of expert scholars with pedagogical theory, this book will provide time-strapped academics with an accessible how-to guide for the classroom where the dynamics and discrimination of gender, race, and class demographics intersect and permeate criminological concerns. In each chapter the contributors will discuss the particular challenges related to teaching about their topic and their suggestions for best practice, while grounding their ideas in pedagogical theory.
Reading lists will be provided for each topic, as well as a ‘toolkit’ of assignments, activities, syllabi and images or video links.
Introduction, Rebecca Hayes and Kate Luther 1. The social construction of a monster: a lesson from a lecture on race, Paul Hernandez and Toby A. Ten Eyck 2. Teaching sensitive topics: what we know and where we go from here, Kathryn A. Branch and Tara N. Richards 3. Race, crime and justice, Helen Taylor Greene 4. Filling the void: classroom strategies for teaching about crimes of the powerful, Elizabeth A. Bradshaw 5. Self-reflection in motion: the victimology classroom, Helen Jones 6. Women are more than victims: gender, crime, and the criminal justice system, Walter S. DeKeseredy 7. The invisible minority: making the LGBT community visible in the criminal justice classroom, Emily Lenning Conclusion.