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France Université Numerique

Des prisons en Afrique : expériences, modèles et circulations

Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne via France Université Numerique

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About the course

Largely dependent on media discourse, prisons in Africa are often reduced to images of overcrowded and dilapidated spaces, signs of "States in crisis". Simultaneously, they become one of the objects of state reform, at the intersection of the judicial, security and health fields. The prison issue then appears on certain political agendas, formulated on the occasion of local position statements, in national projects or in cooperation programmes.

The objective of this course is to help you put these speeches and actions into perspective. It thus proposes to offer an understanding of the prison dynamics of the African continent in their geographical diversity and in their plural historical regimes. It addresses the prison experience through field surveys. It will also discuss the challenges of prison policies and reforms, and the strategies of the actors involved. Alternating case studies, interviews and more theoretical reflections, this course should help you to strengthen your analytical and action capacities (actionresearch, advocacy, etc.).

This course combines theoretical reflection and empirical approaches to prison and offers a new perspective on prison in Africa.

For additional information about this course, you can watch the video presentation. To activate the english subtitles, when opening the video, choose in the « settings menu » (top right of the video screen) « subtitles » then « English ».


Course outline

  • Week 1: Locking Up in Africa
  • Week 2: History of prisons in Africa
  • Week 3: Illuminating experiences with theories
  • Week 4: Health and prison
  • Week 5: Reforming prison?


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