REL 307

Prisons, Gender and Education

This is an experiential learning class that combines academic content with weekly participation in the college program at the Washington Corrections Center for Women as part of the Freedom Education Project Puget Sound (FEPPS), a signature initiative of the University of Puget Sound.. Students will spend time in study halls, classes, and other activities at the prison and connect with students there who are working toward their AA and BA degrees. The class will cover the religious origins of the prison and religious life inside, race and mass incarceration, theories of crime and punishment, pedagogy and power in teaching in prison, and the history and ethics of higher education in prison. All readings and discussion pay particular attention to how gender impacts the experience of people in the prison, which is the main prison in Washington state designated for women and holds over 900 people.