Police and Penal Studies

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Police and Penal Studies

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Criminal Justice, Criminology, Legal Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Previous study in introductory criminology

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    This module will provide students with the opportunity to undertake a critical
    examination of contemporary debates on the control of crime and purpose of
    punishment. Students will be introduced to a range of theoretical perspectives and
    debates on the use of punishment to repress criminality and will be asked to consider the
    purpose of punishment in modern societies. This will be accompanied by an examination
    of different forms of punishment including an in-depth exploration of the use of
    imprisonment and comparative penal systems. The module will also develop students?
    existing knowledge of crime control by examining the role of policing and the police in
    Britain through the lens of a series of contemporary policy developments, controversies
    and issues.

    Topics covered include:
    ? Theories of sentencing and punishment
    ? Comparative penal policy and practice
    ? The iconic status of the prison in the penal system
    ? British Police powers, attitudes, culture, performance and techniques
    ? ?Policing? by bodies other than the Police
    ? Punishment and the labour market ? Rusche and Kirccheimer
    ? Punishment and sensibilities ? Norbert Elias
    ? Punishment and discipline ? Michel Foucault
    ? The Holocaust and modernity

    Autumn Semester: focussing on penal studies
    ? Punishment and social solidarity: Durkheim
    ? Punishment and the economy: Rusche and Kirchheimer
    ? Punishment and sensibilities: Elias
    ? Discipline, spectacle and surveillance: Foucault
    ? The Holocaust and modernity: Bauman
    ? The alternative to modernity?: Postmodernity
    ? Why punish? ? positivist theory and classical theory
    ? Sentencing theory in England and Wales
    ? Writing penal policy

    Spring Semester: focussing on factors which determine priorities, operational
    practices and decisions made by and for the police services.
    ? The UK Threat assessment and policing priorities
    ? Policing of protest
    ? Paramilitary policing
    ? Policing and civil liberties
    ? Performance monitoring
    ? Politics of policing

    Lectures, Workshops and Fieldwork

    ? 3000 word individual policy response document
    STUDY OPTION 2: portfolio
    STUDY OPTION 3: portfolio

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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