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Undergraduate Course: Punishment and Society (LAWS10057)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits40
Home subject areaLaw Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course is a study of punishment as a means of dealing with offenders and as an institutional feature of societies. Part I of the course will analyse current practices and problems in sentencing, prisons, probation, community service, juvenile justice, reparation, etc. and will examine the policy frameworks -- such as rehabilitation and just deserts -- which inform these practices. Part II of the course will discuss how forms of punishment relate to types of society and how punishment changes over time. Sociological and historical studies of punishment are used as a basis for understanding contemporary developments in penal policy.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2011/12 Full Year, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  No Quota:  32
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
CentralSeminar1-27 14:00 - 15:50
First Class Week 1, Thursday, 14:00 - 15:50, Zone: Central. Sem 1: G.15 at 7 Bristo Sq. Sem 2: 1.B01 at Forrest Hill
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
The aim of the course is to introduce students to key features of penal systems in Scotland and in England and Wales (and elsewhere, where relevant), and (in the second semester) to different sociological accounts of contemporary penal practices, including those based on theories offering explanations as to the general relationship between punishment and society. By the end of the course, students should be able to: identify the main penal sanctions available in Scotland and in England & Wales; explain the workings of these sanctions and analyse their rationales; summarise research evidence as to these sanctions& effectiveness and effects; describe and summarise the leading sociological theories of punishment; analyse the theoretical strengths and weaknesses of these sociological theories; and apply and assess these theories in relation to particular sanctions, historical trends, or societies.
Assessment Information
Essay and exam
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
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Transferable skills Not entered
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Contacts
Course organiserDr Richard Jones
Tel: (0131 6)50 2032
Email: richard.jones@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMrs Heather Haig
Tel: (0131 6)50 2053
Email: Heather.Haig@ed.ac.uk
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