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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC3145: Deprivation of liberty: Imprisonment and beyond

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


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Mrs Abi Dymond (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


In contemporary society, people may be detained and deprived of liberty for multiple reasons.  While attention often focuses on prisons, detention may occur in a wide range of other settings, many of which are not associated with criminal activity.  For example, other places of detention may include immigration ‘removal’ centres, assessment and treatment units for people with autism, learning difficulties and mental health issues, as well as detention under the Mental Health Act.  This module provides you with an opportunity to study places of detention beyond the prison, as well as to explore their similarities and differences with the prison environment, and to examine cross-cutting trends and themes across multiple places of detention. 

This is a stand-alone module with no pre-requisites. However it may be an interesting complement to The Sociology of Imprisonment (SOC2101, SOC3101).

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