From Prisons to Detention Centres: Interrogating Containment
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- 31 Jul 2023
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1. Critically assess different forms of containment in the past and present taking into account their distinctive development, functions and impacts.
2. Recognise and appreciate the ethical issues that arise in relation to practices and experiences of containment.
3. Critically analyse the nature and role of representations in creating understandings about different forms of containment and the people and problems associated with them.
4. Communicate in a clear, coherent and knowledgeable manner about contemporary forms and practices of containment in Australia and selected countries.
- • The emergence of the prison.
- • The panopticon.
- • The total institution.
- • Asylums and reformatories.
- • Colonialism and confinement.
- • First Nations resistance.
- • Immigration detention centres.
Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed HUS1PDC (From Prisons to Detention Centres: Interrogating Containment) are ineligible to enrol in this subject.
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Where did the modern prison and detention centre come from? In this subject you will explore how present detainment practices are part of a long tradition that includes workhouses, mental health facilities, indigenous missions, juvenile reformatories, migration centres and internment camps. We investigate how, in varying domestic and international contexts, containment has been justified and used as a response to social problems and political conflicts and reflect upon the implications of this for social relations and the well-being of individuals and communities. The relationship between containment, colonisation and globalisation is also considered, raising particular questions about power, human rights and the role of states.
- Online Quizzes (1000 words equivalent) An assessed quiz is included in 10 of the 12 weekly online modules. (25%)
- Written assessments (2000 words equivalent) 1 x Research Essay (1200 words) 1 x Critical Reflection (800 words) (55%)
- Group Presentation and Peer Marking Exercise (800 words) (20%)
Current study term: 30 Jul 23 to 27 Oct 23
Textbook information is pending.