Singapore University of Social Sciences


Penology (PSS307)

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Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Business Administration, International Trade, Science and Technology

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Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


PSS307 Penology studies the punishment of crime and prison management. This course highlights the objectives of punishment and discusses the effectiveness of the different models related to punishment. By understanding the policy guidelines to punishment and their impact on offenders, students will be able to critically assess the deterrence strategies to criminality. This course also examines the competing theoretical rationales in the implementation of modern penalty, punishment and imprisonment, including constructions of moral responsibility, deterrence, retribution, rehabilitation, reform, and incapacitation.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: -
E-Learning: To be confirmed


  • Introduction to penology
  • Theoretical aspects of punishment
  • Historical understanding of prison
  • The modern prison
  • Perspectives of reform
  • Effectiveness of prison
  • Contemporary issues in penal policies
  • Children and young people
  • Senior citizens
  • Responsibility and accountability
  • Rehabilitation of prisoners
  • Aftercare and support

Learning Outcome

  • Examine the main themes within penology
  • Appraise the role of the prison within the criminal justice system
  • Assess the impact of the prison within the rehabilitation process
  • Identify challenges related to punishment and penology
  • Apply theoretical understanding of punishment in developing policies
  • Formulate strategies that would achieve the objectives of punishment
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