Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module explores the central role which prisons play in society, both as institutions which dominate the contemporary punitive network, and as places which absorb our social and cultural imagination. Lectures may include: Revisiting the prison crisis1. The current state of our prisons2. Popular and political representations of prisonsPrison community3. Doing prison work4. Prisoner communities5. Riots and resistance in prison6. Radicalisation and political imprisonmentPrisons and inequality7. The gendered pains of imprisonment8. Race, ethnicity and imprisonment9. Youth/Children in prisonPenal futures10. The penal-industrial complex11. Prison reform and abolition12. Life after imprisonment
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/cri-30044/lists
The aims of the module are to:Provide an overview of the central debates and controversies relating to the purpose of imprisonment and the role of the modern prison;Develop an understanding of the political, cultural and social importance of imprisonment as a centrepiece of contemporary punishment;Understand the effects of imprisonment on key actors in the prison system, such as prisoners, staff and non-correctional personnel;Understand the effects of custody on individuals, their families and communities, and society at large;Explore the relationship between imprisonment and inequality;Critically engage with the major criminological and social scientific contributions in the area of imprisonment.
Intended Learning Outcomes
12 x 1 hour weekly sessions comprising lecture-style tutor-led learning,12 x 1 hour per student per week of workshop exercises comprising screenings, tutor led group debates, Padlet and interactive discussions in groups of up to 40 (the maximum permitted for interactive lecture formats).12 x 2 hours of session specific preparation in advance of each session. 102 Hours of Personal study (including work for summative assessments).
Students taking this module must have successfully completed one of the following modules:CRI-10015 Punishment: beyond the public imaginationORCRI-10013 Criminal Justice: process, policy, practice.ORCRI-20020 Research methods in Criminology
1: Essay weighted 100%
Description of Module Assessment
3000 word essay on a topic based on the lectures and tutorial content of the moduleStudents will be asked to select an essay question based on the topics and content of the lecture series and workshops for this module.
Students are supported in choosing their topic, reflecting on approach and structure, and guided in independent research of the topic.
Students are encouraged to submit essay plans on KLE for feedforward, so that they have feedback available to support their preparation and writing.