Prisons and Penal Policy - SO940

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury
(version 2)
Spring
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7 20 (10) PROF R Matthews

Pre-requisites

None

Restrictions

None

2019-20

Overview

This module will examine the emergence and development of the modern prison in the light of the This module will examine the emergence and development of the modern prison in the light of the major social and economic changes that have taken place over the last two hundred years. It will examine the changing functions of the prison over that period and will look at the development of community based sanctions and alternatives to custody. It will then examine the reasons for the growth of imprisonment in the post war period and in particular its rapid increase on both sides of the Atlantic over the past two decades. It will examine the issues of gender and race in relation to prisons and penal policy and examine the key debates concerning the changing composition of the prison population. It will then go on to look at penal reform and in particular the impact of privatisation on the prison system.

Details

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Contact hours

The course will consist of 11 one hour lectures and 11 one hour seminars.

Availability

Autumn

Method of assessment

One essay of 5,000 words

Indicative reading

There is no set text that covers the course as a whole. However, the following books are the ones we have selected as key sourcebooks:

Matthews, R. (2009) Doing Time: An Introduction to the Sociology of Imprisonment Second Edition. Palgrave/Macmillan)
Matthews, R. (2001) Imprisonment (Ashgate)
Foucault, M. (1977) Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison (Allen Lane)
Rusche, G. and Kirchheimer, O. (2003) Punishment and Social Structure (Transaction Publishers)
Goffman, E. (1961) Asylums: Essays on the Social Situation of Mental Patients and Other Inmates. (Pelican)
Carlen, P. and Worrall, A. (2004) Analysing Women’s Imprisonment (Willan)
Currie, E. (1998) Crime and Punishment in America (Metropolitan Books)
Cullen, F. and Gilbert, K. (1982) Reaffirming Rehabilitation (Anderson Publishing)
Tonry, M. (2004) The Future of Imprisonment (Oxford University Press)
Parenti, C. (1999) Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis
Bottoms, A. Rex, s. and Robinson, G. (2004) Alternatives to Prison (Willan)


Relevant Journals

British Journal of Criminology
Theoretical Criminology
Punishment and Society
Criminology and Criminal Justice
The Howard Journal
Critical Social Policy
The Prisons Journal
European Journal of Criminology
Probation Journal

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes:

The intended subject specific learning outcomes and, as appropriate, their relationship to programme learning outcomes

At the end of the module, students will be able to:

1. Critically evaluate the development and impact of the modern prison
2. Display a comprehensive understanding of the links between imprisonment and economic, social and cultural contexts 3. Offer detailed and critical analysis of current policy issues in the field of prisons and penal policy
4. Make sophisticated links between important debates in the field of imprisonment and their theoretical underpinnings
5. Discuss developments of imprisonment within an informed global framework

The intended generic learning outcomes and, as appropriate, their relationship to programme learning outcomes

At the end of the module, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate sophisticated skills in presentation and debate, both verbal and written, and in utilization of research and empirical data
2. Be able to critically synthesise the theoretical contribution of different schools and disciplines of enquiry
3. Be able to gather appropriate library and web-based resources for postgraduate study; make critical judgments about their merits and use the available evidence to construct an argument to be presented orally or in writing

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