Law School Created a Criminal Justice Class Based On HBO Series, "The Wire"


The University of Pittsburgh Law School is bringing  HBO's hit classic series "The Wire" to the classroom. This will be a 3-credit course, "Crime, Law and Society in 'The Wire,' will use the baltimore-based drama to analyze many of the contemporary issues in the criminal justice system. The course description  includes these entities: 

  1. Drug Enforcement
  2. Race
  3. Confessions
  4. Police Manipulation of Crime Statistics
  5. Mass Incarceration
  6. Use of Force 
  7. Gender
  8. Criminal Organizations
  9. Gun Violence
  10. Honesty and Accountability in Law Enforcement

 David A. Harris will teach the class and lead group discussions on episodes from he first couple of seasons along with assigned topics. 

According to Huffington Post, Students are also required to “invest a significant amount of time outside of class watching the series” and to submit two papers focusing on issues “The Wire” tackles. 


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