Which is worse: imprisoning someone for committing a crime, or intimidating someone into following the law? A short video introduces the main ideas of Michel Foucault's Discipline and Punish, including his perceptions of the dangers of dynamic normalization and the undemocratic nature of constant surveillance.
- Use during a philosophy or sociology lesson when addressing government surveillance
- Have learners write their own summary of the book and compare their observations to the video
- Introduce a research project about modern punishment and imprisonment with the video
- Comment section is available to the public
- Note the additional links in the information section for more critical thinking resources
- Provides a thought-provoking account of Foucault's views
- Beneficial alongside a reading of the entire book, or for a summary in the context of a larger sociology lesson