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Everyday Life and Criminal Justice in the UK

How does society shape our lives and how do we shape society?

Everyday Life and Criminal Justice in the UK
Explore the relationship between sociology and the everyday life.

How does society shape our lives and how do we shape society? Explore the routines and practices in UK society and how the state punishes certain deviations from these routines by defining them as illegal and punishing them with imprisonment.

The first part of the course will provide you with a critical knowledge and understanding of the relationship between sociology and the everyday life. It will encourage you to think sociologically about things that surround us and our routines. Your studies will concentrate on the city-in particular,Nottingham, and will develop your own sociological view and analysis of everyday life issues through lectures, workshops, seminars and outdoor activities and visits.

Topics you will study may include social divisions and identities, how to think sociologically, classical and contemporary sociological theory, urban sociology and the city, tourism and gentrification, environment and social sustainability, modernity and post-modernity, neo-liberalism and individualisation, and Globalisation.

In the second part of the course you will learn more about the Criminal Justice System and Practice of England and Wales.You will explore life and processes in prisons, focusing on gender, age and ethnic minorities. You will explore cases of miscarriages of justice and gain an understanding of Penal Policy. You will look at the politics of abolitionism: reducing and eliminating the use of incarceration and mental health care in prisons. You will visit our award winning National Justice Museum and participate in talks with experts.

At the end of this week you should understand the fundamental concepts underpinning the major sociological approaches to punishment and the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches as they are applied to sanctions,in particular,societies.You should also be able to demonstrate your knowledge of penal sanctions available in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland.

You should have completed at least one year of undergraduate studies and have the required English language skills.

Ideally you will have a demonstrable interest and prior knowledge of the subject.

Student Feedback

Every aspect of the course was very interesting, I really enjoyed the visit to the National Justice Museum, Courts and the Council House. Overall it has been a great experience. All the lectures were very well prepared and were delivered in a very systematic and structured manner.

Parmeet Kaur, Panjab University, India

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Course Details

Location: City Campus

Starting: 5 July 2021

Course Duration: Two weeks

Credits: 10 UK / 5 ECTS

Fee: £1,100 / £990 early payment discount

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