Sociology and Criminology
Module code: L4111B
30 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework
The penal imagination is dominated by the prison, yet it is but the tip of the criminal justice iceberg. This module traverses the keel. You will develop a critical understanding of the contexts, critical arguments and theories behind processing offenders outwith the prison.
Topics focused on real world practice will be drawn from such interrelated areas of:
- Offender Supervision;
- Community Payback;
- Managing Sex Offenders;
- Managing Drug Offenders;
- Boot Camps;
- Electronic Tagging;
- Problem Solving Justice;
- Architectural and Performative Regimes.
Discussions will be effected, grounded in philosophical conversation around the rationales and impacts of punishing through these means: Rehabilitation, Reduced Risk, Reparations and Retribution. Themes of the new punitiveness and breaking out of prison (thinking) and Emotional Versus Intelligent Justice, will run through the module.
Module learning outcomes
- Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the relevance of a variety of theories of ‘Control Societies’, as defined in the module, and their place in contemporary criminological debates
- Critically evaluate evidence from empirical studies on a variety of ‘Carceral Technologies’
- Apply theories covered in this module to empirical examples gathered from your own independent research
- Further develop skills of academic writing and research by producing a 6000 word essay.