This subject focuses on the theory and practice of punishment with particular focus on the different ways that punishment has historically been understood, justified and implemented. An understanding of punishment as a social institution, through recognition of the relationship between formal forms of punishment and the mechanisms of social control embedded within everyday social practices, is fundamental to this subject. Different perspectives on punishment, and the implications of these, are explored, with a view to applying these to a critique of punishment, the use of imprisonment, and non-custodial 'alternatives'. Consideration of debates associated with issues of managerialism and privatisation, and the increasing emphasis on risk and actuarialism in custodial and community punishments, ensures a contemporary focus. Gender (including the gendered nature of punishment) and race (including the involvement and issues facing Indigenous Australians) are key concerns running throughout the subject.
Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security
Not available to students who have completed 24285 Punishment and the State
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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.