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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC3123: Punishment, Imprisonment and Detention

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.

Module Aims

This module aims to allow students to engage with some of the key criminological, sociological and interdisciplinary concepts, critical issues and perennial debates in the study of punishment, imprisonment and detention. There will be a focus on philosophies, rationales and theoretical discussions around punishment and detention; policies and practices; imprisonment and punishment beyond imprisonment.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Critically analyse practical issues and contemporary debates of relevance to punishment, imprisonment and/or detention
2. Critically assess and clearly apply the academic literature to debates around punishment, imprisonment and/or detention
3. Demonstrate clear, detailed and nuanced understanding of punishment, imprisonment and/or detention
Discipline-Specific Skills4. Demonstrate in writing an ability to analyse criminological and sociological materials and critically engage with these involving complex reasoning
5. Use relevant literature to contribute to contemporary issues and debates
Personal and Key Skills6. Present a clear, evidence-based argument both verbally and in writing
7. Conduct guided independent study in order to research a specific topic / question
8. Demonstrate the ability to work independently, within a limited time frame, and without access to external sources, to complete a specified task