Undergraduate | LTU-LST1PDC | 2024
From Prisons To Detention Centres
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From Prisons To Detention Centres
About this subject
On successful completion you will be able to:
- Critically assess different forms of imprisonment in the past and present taking into account their distinctive development, functions and impacts.
- Recognise and appreciate the ethical issues that arise in relation to detention, imprisonment and other forms of confinement.
- Critically analyse the nature and role of representations in creating understandings about different forms of confinement and the people and problems associated with them.
- Communicate in a clear, coherent and knowledgeable manner about contemporary forms and practices of imprisonment and detention 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
Where did the modern prison and detention centre come from? In this subject you will explore how present day imprisonment practices are part of a long tradition that includes workhouses, asylums, missions and reserves, juvenile reformatories and internment camps. We investigate how, in varying domestic and international contexts, imprisonment and other forms of confinement have been justified and used as a response to social problems and political conflicts. We reflect upon the implications of this for the individuals and communities most affected, and how prisons and detention centres shape society more broadly. The relationship between borders, colonisation and imprisonment is also considered, raising questions about power, human rights and the role of states in a globalised world.
This is a level 1 subject. This subject includes live sessions with the expectation of student attendance and participation.
- Online Quizzes (1000 words equivalent) (25%)
- Oral Presentation Critical Reflection (800 words) (20%)
- Written assessments (2000 words equivalent) (55%)
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Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed HUS1PDC (From Prisons to Detention Centres: Interrogating Containment) are ineligible to enrol in this subject.
No additional requirements
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.
Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.
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Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses
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