Honors 230 A: In Your Name: Education Inside Prison (I&S)
Claudia Jensen (Slavic Languages & Literature)
Limit: 12 students
Summer B Term (July 23-August 21)
Please contact the instructor, Claudia Jensen (firstname.lastname@example.org), for more information, and to register.
Students will have class on campus Tuesdays and Thursdays and travel to the prison on Wednesdays. There will also be another mandatory all day field trip Thursday, July 30.
Why should people in prison have opportunities for education? What are the benefits and what are the realities and constraints of the institution? This class is centered around a series of visits we will make to the Twin Rivers Unit of the Monroe Correctional Complex (about 45 minutes outside of Seattle); this is a medium-security prison unit for men. We will meet with a group of inmates there, sharing reading and writing assignments and developing a series of group projects focusing on education. We will be at the prison every Wednesday during B term, departing from the UW around 11:00 am and arriving back at about 5:00 pm. We will also tour the entire facility and meet with the prison's administrative staff and correctional officers in order to gain a broad understanding of the complex issues surrounding education within a prison setting (the tour is currently scheduled for Thursday, July 30, and will take all day). NO MAKE-UP sessions are possible, so please check your schedules.
Students will be required to submit information for clearance in order to enter the prison facility and they will be required to sign the UW's Acknowledgement of Risk form; all students must be over 18. There are no exceptions to these requirements. Class size will be limited to 12 students; transportation to and from the prison will be provided.