Crime and the City from Dickens to The Wire

HISTORY313D

Crime and the City from Dickens to The Wire. Compares representation of crime and the city in two key "texts": Charles Dickens's "Oliver Twist" and HBO television series, "The Wire". Juxtaposes social and political contexts to which each text refers, paying particular attention to nature and causes of criminal activity therein. Explanations emphasizing individual or personal responsibility will be contrasted to those that take structural factors into account, including urban housing, public health, child labor, public education, poverty and its relief, urban governance, as well as the criminal justice system. One course.

Crosslisting Numbers

AAAS226D

Curriculum Codes: 

ALP, CCI, EI, SS