Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Punishment and Penology (Spr)

Module L4104B

Module details for 2016/17.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

This module will will examine both the theory and practice of punishment, and will encourage students to take a critical approach to analysing these. The focus will mainly be on England and Wales, but comparison will be drawn with other countries, such as in Europe, North America and Australasia, where relevant. After exploring a range of theoretical approaches in relation to the justifications for and purposes of punishment, students will consider a range of empirical examples. The latter will be largely contemporary, but historical examples will also be used. Topics will include justifications for punishment, Durkhemian, Marxist and Foucauldian perspectives on punishment, Garland's (2001) culture of control and the new penology (Feeley and Simon, 1992), contemporary imprisonment, women in prison, children and young people in custody, immigration detention centres, alternatives to imprisonment and radical critiques such as abolitionism and feminist jurisprudence

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of theories of punishment

Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of empirical studies of punishment

Apply theoretical arguments and penological concepts to empirical examples, in order to critically analyse these examples

Critically evaluate the strengths, weaknesses and limitations of studies on punishment

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayA2 Week 2 70.00%
Group PresentationT2 Week 11 (10 minutes)30.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring SemesterLecture1 hour111111111110
Spring SemesterSeminar1 hour111111111110

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Lizzie Seal

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