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    Mansfield University
  Jan 23, 2018
Mansfield University 2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Punishment (from the Latin punire, stemming from the Greek poena, punishment), is the infliction of pain or loss upon a person for a crime, i.e. the transgression against a law, command, or the social order.  Culturally speaking, actions considered to be crimes differ from one society to another; likewise, conceptions of crime may vary within one cultural area as it changes over time. As cultural conceptions of crime have changed through time and space, so have the philosophies and means of punishment.  In order to understand the various modalities of punishment in the West, in this course we will examine the evolution of punishment in the European workhouses, debtor?s prisons, and protracted executions of the Middle Ages, culminating in the high-tech methods of punishment today.

Credits: 3 cr.

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