20 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: This module will examine various aspects of prisons and imprisonment. Part one will look at the theoretical dimensions of the prison, including the philosophies of punishment, as well as continuities and changes in the history of imprisonment. In part two, the focus will be on prisoners' varied experiences of incarceration. Topics to be covered will include prisoner subcultures, political imprisonment, and the architecture of incarceration. The third part of the module will examine penal politics and political discourse, and the impact of the representation of the prison in popular culture. The module will conclude with an examination of penal abolitionism.

Restrictions on availability: Only available to law students (and BA Soc/Pol)

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work, Presentation

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