SP372 Half Unit
Punishment and Penal Policy
This information is for the 2022/23 session.
Dr Leonidas Cheliotis OLD 2.51
This course is available on the BSc in International Social and Public Policy, BSc in International Social and Public Policy and Economics, BSc in International Social and Public Policy with Politics and BSc in Social Policy with Government. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit. This course is available with permission to General Course students.
This course is only available to third year undergraduate students.
This third-year course will run as a half-unit option, and will explore punishment and penal policy from a range of comparative perspectives. Focusing on Anglophone jurisdictions and the rest of the world in equal measure, the course will consider in depth a wide variety of historical and international comparative studies of punishment and penal policy, both from the field of criminology and beyond. In so doing, the course will critically examine theoretical frameworks and empirical research on such issues as:
• the forms state punishment has assumed over time and in different national and regional contexts;
• the array and relative significance of the reasons why punishment and penal policy may develop, qualitatively as well as quantitatively, in particular ways at given historical junctures and in different jurisdictions;
• the relationship between political systems and punishment, with particular reference to processes of democratisation;
• the links between penal policy and different forms of economic organisation, from preindustrial capitalism to welfare capitalism and neoliberalism; and
• the role of punishment in society as explained through psychosocial theories and research
Courses in Social Policy follow the Teaching Model outlined on the following page: https://www.lse.ac.uk/social-policy/Current-Students/teaching-in-the-department-of-social-policy
All teaching will be in accordance with the LSE Academic Code (https://info.lse.ac.uk/current-students/lse-academic-code) which specifies a "minimum of two hours taught contact time per week when the course is running in the Michaelmas and/or Lent terms". Social Policy courses are predominantly taught through a combination of in-person Lectures and In person classes/seminars. Further information will be provided by the Course Convenor in the first lecture of the course
The course will be delivered in Lent term.
Students will be expected to produce 1 essay in the LT.
Alexander, M. (2010) The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. New York and London: The New Press.
Brown, M. (2009) The Culture of Punishment: Prison, Society, and Spectacle. New York and London: New York University Press.
Dumm, T. L. (1987) Democracy and Punishment: Disciplinary Origins of the United States. Madison, WI: The University of Wisconsin Press.
Garland, D. (1985) Punishment and Welfare: A History of Penal Strategies. Aldershot, UK: Gower.
Gottschalk, M. (2014) Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
Karstedt, S. (ed.) (2009) Legal Institutions and Collective Memories. Oxford: Hart.
Lacey, N. (2008) The Prisoners’ Dilemma: Political Economy and Punishment in Contemporary Democracies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
McBride, K. (2007) Punishment and Political Order. Ann Arbor, MI: The University of Michigan Press.
Reiner, R. (2007) Law and Order: An Honest Citizen’s Guide to Crime and Control. Cambridge: Polity.
Salvatore, R. D., Aguirre, C. and G. M. Joseph (eds) (2001) Crime and Punishment in Latin America: Law and Society since Colonial Times. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Essay (100%, 3000 words) in the ST.
Student will be expected to produce an essay in the Summer Term based on one of the topics covered by the teaching across the Term, chosen from a pre-defined list of topics.
Department: Social Policy
Total students 2021/22: 10
Average class size 2021/22: 5
Capped 2021/22: Yes (15)
Value: Half Unit
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