SMNR: Mercy

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Class Unique: 29760

This course will be taught entirely online via Zoom.

In this Course, we will explore the concept of "mercy," paritcularly insofar as it refers to forgiveness and reduced punishment effectuated by law. We will cover moral theories of mercy, including the basic tenstion between mercy and retributive justice.  We will also study mercy-giving institutions in American law, including prosecutors, judges, juries, and various clemency arrangements. Among other things, there will be units on mass incarceration, the death penalty, and youth.   

Class Details

Meeting Days Time Location
Thursday 1:35 - 3:33 pm ONLINE
Evaluation Method Date Time Alpha Range Room

Additional Information

Course Type
Grading Method
Pass/Fail Not Allowed


  • Crossed Over : A Murder, a Memoir - Lowry, Beverly
      Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
      ISBN: 978-0-375-71380-4   (required)
  • Just Mercy : A Story of Justice and Redemption - Stevenson, Bryan
      Random House Publishing Group
      ISBN: 978-0-8129-8496-5   (required)