Singapore University of Social Sciences

Crime, Justice and Punishment

Crime, Justice and Punishment (PSS103)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Humanities and Social Sciences

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


PSS103 Crime, Justice and Punishment aims to increase students' awareness and critical understanding of the key concepts and theoretical approaches in the area of crime, justice and punishment. This course highlights the justification for punishment and the consequences of criminalisation and punishment on the individual, community, and state. By understanding the socio-economic and political implications of crime and punishment, students will be able to better appraise the policies and practices in those areas.

Level: 1
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JULY


  • Introduction to the Universality of Crime and Punishment
  • Durkheim: Punishment, Social Consciousness and Solidarity
  • Marx: The Political Economy of Punishment
  • Neo-Marxism: Punishment as Ideology and Class Control
  • Foucault: Punishment, Governmentality and Technologies of Power
  • Weber: The Rationalization of Punishment
  • Goffman’s Spoilt Identities: Punishment, Interactionism, and Culture
  • Punishment as a Cultural Agent
  • Punishment as Social Institution
  • Punishment and Basic Rights
  • Inequalities in Punishment
  • From Criminal Justice to Public Safety

Learning Outcome

  • Define the major concepts and theoretical perspectives relating to punishment of criminal and deviant behaviour
  • Review the contemporary social, political and public concerns regarding public safety and security
  • Outline the policies relating to crime, justice and punishment
  • Discuss strategies that shapes public perception and attitude towards criminal punishment
  • Explain the differing perspectives on crime, justice and punishment
  • Formulate practices aligned with principles related to crime, justice and punishment
  • Identify issues derived from punishment
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