Undergraduate Module Descriptor
SOC3141: The Anthropology of Prisons
This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.
Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:
Core theory in the anthropology and sociology of prisons: Foucault, Goffman and Sykes
Getting into prison: evaluating ethnographic research as a methodology for the study of imprisonment
Case study: Bomana Prison, Papua New Guinea.
Case study: Unnamed Prison, Kolkata, India.
Case study: the Feminine Penitentiary Centre, Miraflores, La Paz, Bolivia.
Case study: HMP Maze (or Long Kesh), County Down, Northern Ireland.
Case study: the design of carcerality for Aboriginal people in Australia and Canada
Prisons and their relatives: detention centres, psychiatric units and zoos.
Learning and Teaching
This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity||22||Weekly 2-hour lectures/seminars or 1 hour lecture + 1 hour seminar.|
|Guided independent study||32||Reading of the set texts for weekly lectures and the tutorials|
|Guided independent study||32||Additional reading under the guidance of the lecturer|
|Guided independent study||25||Preparation and writing of the essay|
|Guided independent study||25||Preparation and writing of the contextualisation and critique exercise|
|Guided independent study||6||Background research conducted by the student depending on need and interest|
|Guided independent study||8||Recapitulation of reading done throughout the term|
This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).
- ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages