HDS 2804

Ethics, Punishment and Race

Kaia Stern


Ethics, Punishment and Race Meets inside Framingham prison, the world's oldest penal institution for women, and serves as an introduction to the current crisis of crime and punishment. Specifically, it focuses on the religious, ethical and historical roots of the ways we punish in the United States. The course draws from scriptural, academic, media, and narrative sources to give particular attention to factors long associated with crime and punishment, such as sin, race, and citizenship. We will also study the unprecedented prison-population explosion (in terms of race, gender and class), and its connection to major social problems in American cities. Questions for consideration: What are the relationships between religious ideology, race and punishment? How are ethics, democracy and human rights at risk? How do we understand justice? Note: The first class, on Monday, January 28th will be held in Andover 103 from 9:00 am to 11am. All other classes will be held off-site from 7am-1pm.

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 7 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes


0.50 credits
Spring 2013
Mon 7am-1pm
Course location to be announced.

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Religion, Ethics, and Politics
  • Religion and the Social Sciences
  • Theology
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Christianity
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Public Leadership, Community Organizing, and Planning
  • Religious Education and Spiritual Development
Language Course Designation(s) None