Nottingham, United Kingdom

Everyday Life and Criminal Justice in the UK

when 5 July 2021 - 16 July 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee GBP 1100

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.

Target group

You should have completed at least one year of undergraduate studies and have a demonstrable interest and prior knowledge of the subject. You should also have the required English language skills.

Course aim

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.

Credits info

5 EC
10 UK / 5 ECTS

Fee info

GBP 1100: An early-bird tuition fee discount of 10% is available for all students who apply and pay by 31st March 2021. Apply for two courses (4 weeks) and receive a 20% tuition fee discount off your second course!
GBP 370: On-campus accommodation for two-weeks in a single room with ensuite facilities and shared kitchen and living space (price to be confirmed). For off-campus accommodation (10 minute walk) the price is £290 for two-weeks - as above rooms are single, ensuite with shared kitchen and living spaces. Both have 24 hour security.