PSMB039 Theory and practice of imprisonment

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2021
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
PhDr. Soňa Haluzová (lecturer), PhDr. Zuzana Slováčková, Ph.D. (deputy)
Guaranteed by
PhDr. Soňa Haluzová
Department of Psychology - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jarmila Valchářová
Supplier department: Department of Psychology - Faculty of Arts
Thu 11. 3. 18:00–19:40 G25, Fri 12. 3. 8:00–13:40 G25, Sat 13. 3. 8:00–12:40 G25, Thu 15. 4. 18:00–19:40 G25, Fri 16. 4. 8:00–13:40 G25, Sat 17. 4. 8:00–12:40 G25
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 60 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 59/60, only registered: 1/60
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course introduces the basic standards and practical perspectives into the field of forensic psychology. It is generally focused on psychologist’s employment in security (police, fire department, custom house, prison employment) with specific demands and risks.
Learning outcomes
The student will gain theoretical knowledge and practical experience from penitential psychology, which is one of the fields of applied psychological discipline of forensic psychology,
the student will be able, from the psychological point of view, to understand the behavior and experience of a person in situations in which he/she becomes a subject of civil-law or criminal-law relations or otherwise encounters the application of law, that is, he is subjected to law (accused, suspected, convicted) the law is exercised (judge, police officer, supervisor) or participates in legal action (expert, witness, victim).
  • 1. Psychology and law. Subjekt of forensic psychology. The fields of forensic psychology: crime psychology, criminological psychology, juridical psychology, penitentiary psychology, postpenitentiary psychology, forencis psychological personnel management, police psychology, penology
  • 2. Outline of the historical development and formation of forensic psychology.
  • 3. Prison service in Czech Rep., formation and system (basic data). Tasks of prison service, organization and devision. Prison types. Function of psychologist in prison service and job desciption.
  • 4. Presentation of Brno Remand prison. Profilation of the prison and capability.
  • 5. Function of prison service member in Czech Rep. Prerequisites for recruitment in VSČR, increased psychological stress at work, risk of post-traumatic stress reactions, professional burnout syndrome.
  • 6. Penitentiary psychology. Problems of adaptation, psychological and social consequences of custody and execution of a punishment
  • 7. Forms of agression in penitentiary environment.
  • 8. Penitentiary – psychological issues of mass lack of discipline and prison riots. Causes of rebellion emergence, stages of prisoners rebellion.
  • 9. Penitentiary psychopathology. Prisonization and the prisoner’s second life, suicide and self-mutilation.
  • 10. Optimizing custody and execution of a imprisonment punishment in Czech Rep. Custody as a psychosocial problem. Function of imprisonment punishment. Treating the sentenced.
  • 11. Empirical profiles of criminals. Deceives and deceivers, contract murderers, perpetrators of sexual abuse of children, perpetrators of serial violence, perpetrators of phone terror, perpetrators of theft in department stores
  • 12. New phenomenon of Czech prison service. Organized crime – basic characteristics, organized crime in Czech Republic, various forms of organized crime, possible ways to eliminate the negative effect of criminal structures in prison service (technical security, organization, facilities for prison staff). Russian speaking foreigners in czech prisons.
  • 13. Penitentiary problems of drug abuse. Risk of aggressive conduct under the influence of drugs, existence of black market drugs in prisons, exploitation doctor's surgery, risk of disease transmission, activity of drug prevention counseling.
  • Netík, K. Netíková, D. Hájek, S.: Psychologie v právu. Úvod do forenzní psychologie. Praha, C.H.Beck 1997, 140 s.
  • ČÍRTKOVÁ, Ludmila and František ČERVINKA. Forenzní psychologie : psychologie pro soudce, advokáty, státní zástupce, vyšetřovatele, kriminalisty a pro všechny, kteří se v souvislosti s trestným činem dostanou do kontaktu s policií a soudy. Vyd. 1. Praha: Support, 1994. 206 s. info
  • Heretik, A.: Základy forenznej psychológie, Bratislava, Slovenské pedagogické nakladatežstvo 1994, 224 s.
  • Mezník, J. a kol.: Základy penologie. Brno, Masarykova univerzita 1995, 75 s.
  • Bajcura, L.: Práva vězně. Od vazby po propuštění z trestu odnětí svobody. Praha, Grada 1999, 158 s.
  • Mařádek, V.: Lexikon klíčových pojmů z penologie. Opava 2000, 75 s.
  • Čírtková, L.: Policejní psychologie. Praha, Portál 2000, 254 s.
  • Čírtková, L.: Kriminální psychologie. Praha, Eurounion, s.r.o. 1998, 255 s.
  • Časopis České vězeňství (dvouměsíčník)
  • • Sochůrek, Jan : Kapitoly z penologie. I. díl – Úvod do teorie trestu a trestání. Technická univerzita Liberec 2007, 57 s.
  • Časopis České vězeňství (dvouměsíčník)
  • • Sochůrek, Jan : Kapitoly z penologie. II. díl – Teorie a praxe zacházení s vězněnými. Technická univerzita Liberec 2007, 77 s.
  • • Sochůrek, Jan : Kapitoly z penologie. III. díl – Negativní jevy ve vězení. Technická univerzita Liberec 2007, 69 s.
  • • Netík, K. Netíková, D. Hájek, S.: Psychologie v právu. Úvod do forenzní psychologie. Praha, C.H.Beck 1997, 140 s.
  • - Matoušková, I.: Aplikovaná forenzní psychologie. Praha, Grada 2013.
Teaching methods
Teaching methods: verbal monologic method (lecture, explanation), verbal dialogic method (dialogue, discussion), ïllustratively demonstrative method (static projection), excursion (prison, trial)
Assessment methods
This course is completed with written test which results from study materials, lectures and semminars. Specific information to the type of the finalization will be specified by teacher at the begining of the semester.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2022.
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