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Nelson Mandela famously proclaimed that ‘no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails’ taking this statement as its foundation this module is designed to encourage students to explore the state of the prison system in England and Wales. In undertaking such exploration a wide range of discourses will be introduced, the official discourse of the state, prisoners’ perspectives, media representations and the perspectives of those employed within prisons to try to ascertain as fuller a picture as possible as to ultimately whether or not prison works.
The course aims to enable students:
• to have an enhanced understanding of the history of imprisonment in England and Wales;
• to debate and assess the tensions generated by approaches that seek to punish but also rehabilitate;
• to know the current legislative framework in relation to prisons;
• to engage with contemporary debates about imprisonment in England and Wales and form a critical perspective on them.
By the end of the module, students should be aware of the history and development of the use of imprisonment in England and Wales, be familiar with current legislation and the systems used to uphold it. They should have explored the tensions generated by approaches that seek to punish but also rehabilitate and be able to analyse the political and moral forces that shape society’s approach imprisonment.
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3500 Word Essay
Written feedback using a standard marking pro-form is provided within 4 weeks of submission. Students will be given feedback on their formative assessment before the end of the term/submission of their summative assessment.
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Carlen, P. and Worrall, A. (2004) Analysing Women’s Imprisonment. Cullompton: Willan
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Crewe, Ben. (2009) The Prisoner Society: Power, Adaptation, and Social Life in an English Prison. Oxford: Oxford University.
Foucault, M. (1977) Discipline and Punish. London: Penguin
Harvey, J. (2007) Young men in prison: surviving and adapting to life inside. Cullumpton: Willan.
Jewkes, Y. & Johnston, H. (eds) (2006) Prison Readings: A Critical Introduction to Prisons and Imprisonment Cullumpton: Willan.
Jewkes, Y. (ed) (2007) Handbook on Prisons. Cullumpton: Willan.
Jewkes, Y. & Bennett, J. eds (2008) Dictionary of Prisons and Punishment. Cullumpton: Willan.
Liebling, A. & Maruna, S. (eds) (2005) The Effects of Imprisonment. Cullumpton: Willan
Matthews, R. (2009) Doing Time: An Introduction to the Sociology of Imprisonment. 2nd edition, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Scott, D & Codd, H (2010) Controversial Issues in Prisons, Berkshire: Open University Press.
Scott, D & Flynn, N (2014) Prisons and Punishment: The Essentials, 2nd edition, London: Sage.
Shalev, S. (2009) Supermax: Controlling Risk Through Solitary Confinement. Cullumpton: Willan.
Wilson, D (2014) Pain and Retribution: A Short History of British Prisons, 1066 to the Present, London: Reakiton Books Ltd.
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