About the course
This innovative / unique new programme combines teaching, research and practical experiences that are linked by four ideas – Culture, Criminology, Creativity, and Community.
Though incarceration is often associated with imprisonment in jail or prison, the word has a host of contexts including historical slavery, Native American captivity, wartime camps, modern-day trafficking and even situations of domestic abuse. On this programme, you'll explore incarceration in a range of forms in the UK, US and other situations globally.
This course combines traditional seminar-style classes with unique environments outside of the classroom, whether working with ex-prisoners locally, or organising an academic conference on campus. One of the key modules takes place in its entirety at HMP Hull, whereby university students will “Learn Together” with prison learners.
Application date to be confirmed.
What you'll study
All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.
Research Methods and Theory in Interdisciplinary Studies: Incarceration Culture in Context
Examine and scrutinise a range of texts that address incarceration, which may include: poetry by African political prisoners, Orange is the New Black (TV), artwork from Guantanamo Bay, Caribbean memorials to slave rebellions, Native American captivity stories, modern slavery documentaries, and photography documenting Northern Ireland.
Competing and Comparative Justice: Values and Ethics in the Criminal Justice Process
Examine the complexity of ethical problems that arise in the context of the criminal justice system. You will critically analyse some of the key debates about values underpinning lawmaking and criminal justice.
Writing from Life
Through the likes of travel writing, true crime, narrative history, and biography, learn how to take readers with you as you explore your world. You will mine creative non-fiction writers to see how they conjure effects, learn how to investigate archives and conduct field trips and interviews, and expand your writing's horizons.
Students will produce a portfolio of non-fiction and reflective pieces that address themes and situations that fit with the remit of "Incarceration".
Learning Together at HMP Hull – UK & US Prison Cultures; Redemption and Resistance
On this module, you'll attend lectures at HMP Hull and learn alongside prisoners. You'll explore some of the cultural responses about the prison experience that have thrived as a result of the ways in which prison culture has grown into a recognised genre.
Attendance on this module will be subject to security clearance. Please contact the MA convenor if any queries about these checks or to discuss alternative arrangements.
You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.