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JST509 Prison: Institution and Experience (8)


In this subject the development of the State's use of punishment and correction and the place of the prison in this process is examined; prisons and the incarceration process are analysed to understand some of the effects of institutional life on inmates and staff, and the way inmates and staff construct a 'life' for themselves within the institution. This subject also focuses on specific problems of women and minority groups, especially the over-representation of aboriginals in prisons. Concepts of social control and social inequality are used to critique the rise of incarceration and its alternatives.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLAustralian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Enrolment restrictions

Related subject(s)
JST203 Subject based on JST203

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
* understand the historical origins of asylums and prisons, and the functions of these institutions within the state apparatus of social control. The changing nature of the spectacle of punishment
* understand Australia's legacy as a penal colony, and the profound impact of this upon our understanding of landscape, and space
* understand the architecture of imprisonment in Australia, and the flourishing of the prison in New South Wales, especially in rural areas. Contemporary challenge to state-based penalty the private prison
* understand the composition of the Australian prison population background characteristics and the offences for which convicted
* the experience of imprisonment (as documented by research), and the current risks posed to inmates through being imprisoned
* the prisoner sub-culture - its meanings and functions
* the compromises in integrity demanded by a harsh system - the prisoner informer industry


The subject will cover the following topics:
.Australia's origins as a penal colony .expansion of the prison-building industry .private prisons .risks of imprisonment .prison as community


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.