FYS 101 True Crime in Film

This course will explore the historical, social, economic aspects of popular crime in the United States and the depiction of true popular crime stories and celebrated real life cases in film.  Students will watch feature films and discuss the films within the context of readings that focus on issues raised in the film.  Infamous crimes and criminals throughout history will be covered including Al Capone, H.H. Holmes, Wells and Hickock (Clutter family murders – In Cold Blood), Aileen Wuornos, and more.  The course will cover all aspects of the criminal justice system including courts, policing, and corrections, and will explore the system within the historical, social, economic, and political contexts.