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									Monika Platek - Comparative Criminal Justice 2009/2010– Law Faculty, Warsaw University
Prof. UW dr hab. Monika Platek
University of Warsaw; Law Faculty
Winter session 2009-2010 – Language: English

Tuesday, 11.40- 13.15 room 3.3 Lipowa 4
Office hour: Tuesday 8.30-9.30 Iuridicum IV, Criminology office             fax/tel: 55 20 529, 55 24 317
E-mail; platek@
Course rationale/ Description
           This course is designed to enhance students understanding of criminal justice issues by getting familiarized with comparative
criminal justice data and analysis. We will draw upon theoretical and empirical perspectives from criminal justice science, criminology
and sociology in order to study how various systems of criminal justice differ in their approach to problems and processes. Stress will
be placed on analyzing the strength and shortcomings of justice system in solving societal problems. Our primary focus will be on
prisons and its alternative especially in the era of globalization.
Analytical, holistic and critical approach is welcome. Familiarity with foreign criminal justice systems broadens our understanding
of other cultures and provides an opportunity to reflect the strengths and weaknesses of criminal justice system perceived as a tool
to solve social problem.
           At the end of the course the participants will obtained a basic understanding of other criminal justice systems and hopefully
will better understand the function and malfunction of the different criminal justice system. We will focus on countries of European
Union, USA as well as on Poland, Russia and other former communists’ states. Restorative Justice and Gender issue from feminist
jurisprudence perspective will be extensively incorporated in the program.

What to expect in class/What I expect of students:
          Class time will be spent in a mixture of lecture and discussion. The better the students are prepared the less of lecture we
will be “condemned” to. You do not need to agree with my views, but you have to demonstrate your excellence in apprehend the
literature, broad knowledge and ability to build good, reasonable arguments to provide your own point of view. I will do my best to
offer you materials. While the discussion s will center on the readings, we will probably often not have the opportunity to address
every reading in great detail. You can feel free to visit me during my office hours, write e-mails, or make an appointment to discuss
any problems, which might arise.

Requirements, Assignment, and Grading:
Participation and in –class discussion – 35%
Three writing assignments (10% each)- 30%
Final presentation                    - 35%

Requirements/preparations for attending class:

Students are expected to read material assigned for the day and be prepared for the discussion.
To provide extra incentives to complete the reading before class and facilitate class discussion, I will ask you to demonstrate the
knowledge of it both during the class discussion and in your final presentation.
The regular writing assignment, 3 short course papers, should provide many opportunities to see the progress you are making. The
written/or power point presentation at the end of the course is the final part of examination. The final should cover both the readings
and materials that are discussed in class.
Welcome and looking forward to see you in the class!

Course Outline
  1. October 6            The introduction to the course plus Polish Criminal Policy – comparative perspective: how is it, and why it
       is the way it is.;
  2. October 13            Comparative Penal Policy and political economy reading: M.Cavadino, J.Dignan, Penal policy and
       political economy, “Criminology and Criminal Justice” 2006, Nr 6, p.435-456.
  3. October 20           Criminological aspects of reproductive health;
        Representative Country in accordance with Cavadino, Dignan scale; (reading and writing essay week )

Monika Platek - Comparative Criminal Justice 2009/2010– Law Faculty, Warsaw University
  4. October 27 Comparative Contemporary ways of problem solving. Restorative Justice. reading: N. Christie, Conflicts as
       property. “The British Journal of Criminology” 1977, No, 1, s. 1-15.; M. Płatek, Punishment and the restoration of legality in
       Poland, in: W kręgu kryminologii romantycznej, ed. by M. Platek, M. Fajst, Warszawa 2004, p.:217-248
  5. October 28 Criminological aspects of reproductive health. Prevention of Sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of
       children reading: CETS 201
  6. November 3 Sexual exploitation of children. Polański case ; reading: CETS 201
  7. November 10 .Prostitution, Pornography, Rape as criminal justice and non-discrimination legal rule phenomena
       reading: C. MacKinnon, A sex-equality approach to sexual assault, Ann N.Y, Acad Sci. 989265-275) (2003); Mc. Kinnon,
       Rape, Genocide and Women’s Human Right, “Harvard Women’s. Legal Journal 1994 no 5. :
  8. November 17 Prison as political construct ; Prisoners and their background. How far are they really marginalized?
       reading: T. Skardhamar, Inmates Social Background and Living Conditions, “Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology
       and Crime Prevention” 2003, Vol. 4, p. 39-56; A. Nilsson, Living conditions, Social Exclusion and Recidivism Among. Prison
       Inmates, “Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention” 2003, Vol. 4, p. 57-83; H.v. Hofer, Prison
       populations as political constructs: the case of Finland, Holland and Sweden, “Journal of Scandinavian Studies in
       Criminology and Crime Prevention” 2003, Vol. 4, p. 21-38.; Kauczor v. Poland
  9. November 24 - Criminal policy in the time of Globalization ; Are we doomed for mass-imprisonment? Scandinavian
       criminal policy (reading and writing essay week)
       reading: N. Christie, Suitable amount of crime, Oslo 2004; A v. Hirsch The logic of prison growth, “The Modern Law
       Review” 1994, No 3, p. 476-482; L. Wacquant, Deadly symbiosis. When ghetto and prison meet and mesh, “Punishment and
       Society” 2001, nr 1 p. 95-134; M. Tonry, Why US Incarceration Rates So High? “Crime and Delinquency” 1999, nr 45, p.
       419-437.; H .v. Hofer, Crime and Punishment in Sweden: Historical Criminal Justice Statistics 1750-2000, “Journal of
       Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention” 2003, Vol. 4, p. 162-179.; T. Lappi-Seppala, The Fall of the
       Finnish Prison Population, “Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention” 2000, Vol. 1, p. 27-40
  10. December 1 Hate Speech reading: Neil Chakraborti, Jon Garland, Hate crime, Sage 2009.
  11. December 8 Characteristics of the Era of Penal Excess.
       reading, J. Pratt, Scandinavian Exceptionalism in an Era of Penal Excess. Part. I, “The British Journal of Criminology” 2008,
       no 2, p. 119-137.; H von Hofer, Crime and reactions to crime in Scandinavia, “Journal of Scandinavian Studies in
       Criminology and Crime Prevention” 2001, nr 5, p. 148-166.
  12. December 15 Contemporary criminal justice developments – Dutch case v. Scandinavian development; What is more
       plausible Scandinavian or Dutch scenario? Does Scandinavian exceptionalism have a future?
       reading: C. Baerveldt, H. Bunkers, Limits to growth: The case of Dutch prison capacity, “ Crime, Law & Social Change”
       1996, nr 25, p. 153-172.; M. Punch, Paradigm Lost: The Dutch Dilemma, “The Australian an New Zealand Journal of
       Criminology” 2005, nr 38, p. 268-281.; F. Pakes, Penalization and retreat: The changing face of Dutch criminal justice,
       “Criminal Justice” 2005, no 5, p. 145-161.; J. Pratt, Scandinavian Exceptionalism in an Era of Penal Excess. Part. II, “The
       British Journal of Criminology” 2008, no 3, p. 275-292.; Erlendur Baldursson (2000) Prisoners, prisons and punishment in
       small societies. Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention: Vol 1/2000:6-15; D. Downes, The
       Macho Penal Economy: Mass Incarceration in the United States – A European Perspective, “Punishment & Society” 2001, Nr
       3, p.61-80.
  13. December 22 Zimbardo experiment and Abu Ghreib case
  14. January 5 Domestic violence world-wide
       reading: P. Linsröm, Violence against Women in Scandinavia: a Description and Evaluation of two new Laws Aiming to
       Protect Women, Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention: 2004, Vol. 5,p.220-235.; M.
       Angel, Why Judy Norman Acted in Reasonable Self-Defense: An Abused Women and Sleeping Man, 2006 (paper),
       M.O;Keefe, Incarcerated Battered Women: A comparison of battered women who killed their abusers and those
       incarcerated for other offenses, “Journal of Family Violence” 1997, No 1, p. 1-19.
  15. January 13 Women in the criminal justice system.
         reading: P. Scraton, L. Moore, Degradation, Harm and Survival in a Women’s Prison, “Social Policy and Society” 2005, Nr
       5, p. 67-78; E. Carrabine, B. Longhurst, Gender and Prison Organizations: Some Comments on Masculinities and prison
       Management, “The Howard Journal” 1998, Vol. 37, p. 161-176.
  16. January 19 students’ presentation. Grading!
       I wish you all Good Luck


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