Module title: Punishment and Penology

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SSC09117
Module leader: Christine Haddow
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science

To study this module you will need the learning equivalent to the module listed or have passed this module:
SSC08104 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System in the UK

Description of module content:

The influence of social, cultural, political and economic factors in shaping punishment in contemporary society is the source of much academic debate. This module will begin by exploring these issues as well as evaluating the moral and theoretical justifications for punishment such as retribution, deterrence and rehabilitation. This includes exploring the role of the wider policing family and other actors involved in policing and punishing offenders, for example private sector security agencies who enforce electronic tagging.. The centrality of power in various forms of punishment and their distribution will be examined with reference to relevant theoretical frameworks. Lectures and tutorials will then focus on particular forms of punishment such as the policing of offenders, imprisonment, community penalties, electronic tagging and the death penalty, with reference to their justifications, effectiveness and implications for offenders and the wider community. Throughout the consideration of these topics in this module links will be made between theory, research, policy and practice in both national and international contexts.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Understand and critically evaluate the aims of and justifications for punishment
LO2: Critically evaluate theoretical concepts related to power in the context of punishment, policing and penal policy and practice
LO3: Understand the relationship between social, cultural, political and economic issues and penal policy
LO4: Critically assess the effectiveness and implications of a range of punishments
LO5: Critically evaluate the concepts of rehabilitation and desistance in relation to forms of punishment and other policing agencies
LO6: Critically evaluate key literature in the area of punishment, including the role of the police, making links between theory, research, policy and practice.

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