LAWS5223 Theories of Justice and Punishment
- 6 points
Availability Location Mode Non-standard teaching period UWA (Perth) Face to face
- This unit introduces students to contemporary theories of punishment. To do this, punishment needs to be seen in the broader context of economical, political, social, historical and cultural changes. Starting from an international perspective, it explains the mechanisms that have influenced penal policies over the last decades. The unit enables students, on a theoretical and an empirical level, to critically examine to what extent macro and meso analyses are able to explain convergences and divergences in penal practices.
- Students are able to (1) identify and explain drivers of contemporary penal policy on a global and local scale; demonstrate advanced understanding on a theoretical and empirical level; apply this knowledge to the penal situation in Australia, including local differences; (2) translate this knowledge into research questions; transfer this knowledge to real-life policy; demonstrate practiced skills of problem analysis and critical reasoning applied to the subject matter of the field situation; (3) demonstrate research skills appropriate for locating and assessing relevant primary and secondary materials; and (4) communicate information, ideas and argument related to the field of penal policy in a coherent and logical manner in both written and oral forms.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) literature review; (2) group case study; and (3) class participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Associate Professor Hilde Tubex
- Unit rules
- Advisable prior study:
- LAWS2227 Law in Action, LAWS3341 Investigating Law and Society
- Contact hours
- Teaching dates for this unit are 26 August and 2,9,16,23 September. Please refer to the timetable website for session times and venues. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.
- Unit Outline
- Non-standard teaching period [TS-A-4F_2019]
Cunneen, C., et al. Penal Culture and Hyperincarceration: The Revival of the Prison Farnham: Ashgate 2013
Tonry, M., ed. Determinants of Penal Policies. In Crime, Punishment, and Politics in a Comparative Perspective, vol. 36 'Crime and Justice: A Review of Research': University of Chicago Press 2007
Tubex, H. Contemporary Penal Policies: Oxford Handbooks Online in Criminology and Criminal Justice 2014
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