Punishment and Prisons

University of Roehampton

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Punishment and Prisons

  • Host University

    University of Roehampton

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Criminology, Justice Studies, Legal Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Prerequisite(s): CRM020N140

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

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

    Assessment: essay (3000 words) [70%], employability report (1000 words) [30%] [both assessments must be attempted]
    This module will develop students? understanding of prisons as culturally complex and emotionally-charged institutions, whose practices, routines and purposes are highly vulnerable to shifts in the political and judicial landscape; it will develop students? understanding of the relationship between prisons, politics, the courts and the media; develop students? understanding of how the prison itself is accomplished through day-to-day practices, occupational cultures, customs, rituals, rules and routines, and the impacts of these for prison staff and for prisoners. It will encourage a critical, reflexive approach to questions concerning the purpose of imprisonment and the role of the modern prison; it will encourage students to understand prisons, prison policies and prison practices in their historical, cultural, geographical and political contexts; develop student?s knowledge of the nature, availability, and provision of non-custodial sanctions; develop students understanding of the political economy of non-custodial sanctions and develop students critical engagement with the ethical landscape of custodial and non-custodial sanctions.

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