Students will be assessed based on two criteria: Class participation and a written exam (50% each). Class participation includes reading the text and discussing in class. Active participation is expected based on the reading. A written exam will be conducted on the last day of the course. It will contain two essay type questions 600 words each. This paper will be assessed on the content (30%), structure (10%) and organization and development of the essay (10%). Further details pertaining to assessment will be provided during the course.
This course is designed to introduce students to prison research. It will also give the students an understanding of the methodological and ethical challenges faced during the research. Finally this course aims to encourage students to undertake research within the Criminal Justice System.
This course will follow a lecture-discussion mode with a focus on discussion in class on the basis of reading material which will be provided at the beginning of the course. There will be group activities/role play on situations in a field setting; typically a prison. Students are also encouraged make presentations in class on prison research topics. There will also be a visit to a prison in/out of Vienna with an aim to study the prison environment.
Liebling, Alison. "Doing research in prison: breaking the silence?." Theoretical Criminology 3, no. 2 (1999): 147-173.
Jackson, Bruce. Fieldwork. University of Illinois Press, 1987.
Newman, Donald J. "Research interviewing in prison." The Journal of Criminal Law, Criminology, and Police Science 49, no. 2 (1958): 127-132.
Marsh, Ian. Theories of crime. Routledge, 2006.
Steinke, Ines, Ernst von Kardoff, and Uwe Flick, eds. A companion to qualitative research. Sage Publications Limited, 2004.
Maruna, Shadd. "Mixed Method Research in Criminology: Why Not Go Both Ways?." Handbook of Quantitative Criminology (2010): 123-140.
Huggins, Martha K., and Marie-Louise Glebbeek. "Women studying violent male institutions: Cross-gendered dynamics in police research on secrecy and danger." Theoretical Criminology 7, no. 3 (2003): 363-387.
Davis, Angela Y. Are prisons obsolete?. Open Media, 2003.
Wacquant, Loïc. "The newpeculiar institution': On the prison as surrogate ghetto." Theoretical criminology 4, no. 3 (2000): 377-389.
Garland, David. "Frameworks of Inquiry in the Sociology of Punishment." British Journal of Sociology (1990): 1-15.
Jacobsen, Karen, and Loren B. Landau. "The dual imperative in refugee research: some methodological and ethical considerations in social science research on forced migration." Disasters 27, no. 3 (2003): 185-206.
Foucault, Michel. "Discipline and Punish, trans." Alan Sheridan. New York: Pantheon 30 (1977).
This is not the entire list of reading but the above texts will be discussed. Students are encouraged to suggest literature that could be additionally read and discussed.