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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC2098: Sociology of Imprisonment

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Module Aims

This module aims to provide you with an introductory knowledge of prison sociology and the broader literature. It aims to teach you what the prison experience entails, but also to think more broadly and question accepted academic perceptions of imprisonment and punishment more generally. It will thus help develop your critical thinking skills and encourage you to engage in socio-political discussions.

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. Demonstrate an understanding of the literature around imprisonment.
2. Analyze practical issues and contemporary debates of relevance to imprisonment in England and Wales
3. Engage with a range of sources, including some that are found independently
4. Attempt to critically engage with academic discourses about imprisonment and punishment.
Discipline-Specific Skills5. Demonstrate an understanding of various literatures and their applications to criminology.
6. Construct and present clear arguments on a specific criminology topic in writing
7. Discuss research and policy issues.
Personal and Key Skills8. Present an argument in writing in a clear and organized manner
9. Analyze and attempt to critically assess relevant literature;
10. Demonstrate you can work independently, within a limited time frame to complete a specific task.