Fall 2018 - CRIM 345 D900
Theoretical Perspectives on Punishment (3)
Class Number: 9763
Delivery Method: In Person
Examines theories of punishment in Western societies, with a particular emphasis on the 'revisionist' literature i.e. that which explains punishment techniques in terms of social-structural relationships rather than the rhetoric of reformers. The course also examines competing explanations of the demise of corporal punishment and the ascendence of incarceration at the end of the eighteenth and beginning of the nineteenth century, the advent of various kinds of 'community corrections' through the twentieth century, and changes in punishment and social control with the advent of 'risk society'.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
This course is designed to introduce students to the study of the main theories of punishment. The major goal of the course is a critical exposition of the most important theoretical perspectives in the field of legal punishment and a development of arguments, which they have to offer. The lecturer will analyze the Durkheimian perspective with its stress on social solidarity and on punishment’s moral and social-psychological roots; Marxist perspective which analyzes punishment’s role in the class based process of social, ideological and economic regulation; Michael Foucault’s perspective which argues that disciplinary punishments operate on power-knowledge mechanisms; Norbert Elias’ perspective which situates punishment within an analysis of changing sensibilities and cultural mentalities. The lecturer will try to separate exposition of those theories from critique in order to allow them “to speak for themselves” before they will be exposed to criticism. Students are encouraged to consider the strengths and limitations of all of the perspectives covered in the course.
- First in-class test 15%
- Midterm Exam 20%
- Assignment 35%
- Final In-Class Test 20%
- Participation in discussion 10%
Garland, David. (1990). Punishment and Modern Society: a Study in Social Theory. Chicago: the Chicago University Press
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