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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LAW3137 Contemporary Imprisonment

10 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Dr Richard Peake

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

This module is for Incoming Study Abroad students and students on the 2 year LLB Law (graduate programme) only.

This module is mutually exclusive with


This module is not approved as a discovery module


To give students an introduction to the use of incarceration as the most serious judicial sanction and form of punishment available in England and Wales. To understand the aims and justifications of punishment and specifically imprisonment. To look at the history and development of imprisonment and penal policy in England and Wales, what imprisonment is trying to achieve and some of the problems it faces.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:
- demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of penal policy relating to the use of imprisonment in England and Wales;
- demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the development of prisons;
- demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the use of imprisonment as a punishment;
- critically evaluate the aims, functions and effectiveness of imprisonment;
- demonstrate an awareness of policy and issues relating to the use of imprisonment for certain groups of offenders such as women, drug users and ethnic minorities;
- demonstrate an awareness of the effect of imprisonment on prisoners and the coping strategies they may adopt.


- Introduction
- Aims and functions of Imprisonment
- Justice and legitimacy in prisons
- Prison privatisation
- Drugs in prison
- Minority ethnic groups and imprisonment
- Women in Prison
- Life-sentenced and long-term prisoners
- From prison to the community: early release and resettlement
- Guest lecturer: Governor HMP Leeds
- A brief history of prisons and punishment

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours2.00
Private study hours83.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Private study time 85 hours

Specific reading for lectures (4 hours per lecture) = 44 hours
Preparation for seminars (6 hrs per class) = 24 hours
Essay preparation (including formative essay) = 15 hours
Independent on-line learning (searching databases/reports) = 2 hours

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 2,500100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Re-sit essay by arrangement.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/04/2019


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