Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC3098: Sociology of Imprisonment

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

What is 'prison sociology'? - An introduction to the module.


Prison Discourses – how and to what extent has the nature of imprisonment changed since the 1950s?


The Prison Experience – discuss what the ‘pains of imprisonment’ are, and whether their nature has changed in the last five decades.


Society of Prisoners – consider what social life within a prison is like, and what it tells us about the effectiveness of prison as a method of punishing offenders.


Beyond Prison Walls – consider how imprisonment reaches beyond prison walls, affecting ex-prisoners' lives after their have served their sentence, and affecting their families and communities.


Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled earning and teaching actvity1111 x 1-hour seminars (lecturer's explanatons, student partcipaton and discussion)
Scheduled earning and teaching actvity113 x 1-hour tutorials involving studying documentary evidence about prison life, 8 x 1- hour linked tutorials involved presentatons, discussions, and debates; revision/prep for exam session
Guided Independent Study40Reading assignments and preparing for the tutorials
Guided independent study20Preparing for essay assignment
Guided independent study15Additonal reading/research
Guided independent study53Preparaton for and completon of all exams

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).