I'm sure that I'm far from alone among sociologists and criminologists in desperately wanting to teach a course around "The Wire." Some people have been lucky enough to do it, including, not surprisingly, William Julius Wilson who, along with Anmol Chadha, discusses his reasons for teaching "The Wire" in this short piece from a couple of years ago:
One day, maybe I'll get the chance. For now, what I decided to do is to assign my criminology students this semester to watch one episode of the first season every week and to write memos on each episode connecting themes from the show to course themes. I am really excited about this. If students give me the permission, I am hoping to post some of their best insights on this blog.