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Teaching a General Education Course on Hate Crimes: Challenges and Solutions

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Phyllis B. Gerstenfeld

Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, California State University, Stanislaus, US
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Abstract

Almost ten years ago, I began teaching a course on hate crimes. This course was originally created as an upper division elective for undergraduate Criminal Justice majors. In the years since, the course has been adapted slightly so that it now serves to satisfy our General Education “Multicultural” requirement.  The course is a popular one—in the fall of 2003, I had 62 students—and one I enjoy teaching. However, teaching this course has also presented several challenges. In this paper, I describe some of the challenges I have faced, as well as the approaches I have taken to meeting these challenges. I also briefly discuss what I believe are some of the primary benefits of offering this class.

How to Cite: Gerstenfeld, P.B., 2004. Teaching a General Education Course on Hate Crimes: Challenges and Solutions. Journal of Hate Studies, 3(1), p.107. DOI: http://doi.org/10.33972/jhs.23
Published on 01 Jan 2004.

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