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.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Subject Relationships

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 statebased 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 subculture its meanings and functions
  • the compromises in integrity demanded by a harsh system the prisoner informer industry


This 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


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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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.