We will investigate the historical evolution of imprisonment, of penal governance and critically examine the central role that punishment plays in society. This course examines the 'punitive' or 'carceral turn' which has brought about new ways of thinking about geography and the state, and has highlighted spaces of incarceration as a new terrain for exploration by geographers. Carceral geography, as a new subdiscipline of human geography, has developed to directly address this punitive turn, and has contributed to a wider 'carceral turn' in social sciences scholarships over recent years. This course also examines conditions of confinement and carcerality beyond prison walls.


45 credits of 100-level or higher coursework

Course Notes

GEOG 333 is an approved Self and Society course for Cap Core requirements.

Course Outlines

Please note: Course outlines of record posted may vary from the section syllabus distributed by each instructor (e.g. textbooks, assignments, timing of midterms).

Effective Term
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