Prisons and Punishment

AUT University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Prisons and Punishment

  • Host University

    AUT University

  • Location

    Auckland, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Criminal Justice, Criminology, Justice Studies, Legal Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    CRIM580 Criminology and Criminal Justice

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Engages students with the theoretical underpinnings of prisons, punishment, rehabilitation and the ideologies involved with the commonplace approaches to how offenders are controlled. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the over representation of Maori and Pacific peoples incarcerated. Corrections in Aotearoa/New Zealand will be compared with prison systems in other jurisdictions. Prisons will also be explored from the perspective of inmates and prison officers. An examination will be made of the ethical consideration of human rights within the context of prisons and other forms of punishment such as the death penalty and torture.

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