Courses and Syllabi:
- Writing Police Power (Karpiak, Spring 2010). This course critically examines several different ways that police and police work have been written about in the social sciences and humanities in order to make sense of the way that writers have attempted to depict and think through the question of power vis-à-vis the modern City. See also, the version from Summer 2009.
- Policing: An International Perspective (Martin, Fall 2009). This course examines policing in a broad social and cultural perspective, surveying a variety of ways that people have enforced order. The focus of the inquiry is defined by two questions: (1) What is the “police function”? (2) How has this function been involved in forming and transforming the modern nation-state
- Police/State: genealogies of the post-social (Karpiak). This course ask what does it mean to do policing “after the social”? What does the assemblage of institutions, actors, practices and functions understood as “the police” look like once its central object—”the social”—becomes only one of an array of governed and governing objects? The first part of the course will explore the premises on which this question is bases, while the final portion will ask students to explore these questions further in a final project which will incorporate class discussion as well as original research.
- Police, Society (Karpiak Fall 2010). This course examines the relationship between police and society by approaching the question from several different angles of approach: 1) A “Policed” Society? In this section we will explore the cultural and historical specificities of the idea, practice and institution we know in the U.S. today as “the police”; 2) Socializing Police. In this section, we will explore the various ways that police are shaped by and reflect larger social forces; 3) Policing Society. In this section of class we will explore the ways police shape the society we live in, especially along what we will call “cultural borderlands”; 4) Understanding Contemporary Debates about the Police. In this section of the class, we will attempt to take the issues discussed in the course in order to see if they can offer new insights into debates on contemporary policing. The overall goal of this class is to foster critical thinking and encourage new perspectives on the nature of policing and its place in the social world around us.