• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject History
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Carolyn Strange
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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'Crime' and 'justice' are frequently considered to be opposites. But are they?

 This course uses historical case studies to explore criminal justice dilemmas in the Western world, from the Enlightenment to the mid-twentieth century. Over this period the problem of crime and efforts to devise effective means of delivering justice posed an ongoing challenge for legislators, philosophers, religious leaders, scientific experts, and institutional managers.

 What counts as crime? How should crime be controlled? Does mercy have a place in punishment? Is the state an agent of injustice? Debate over these questions led to new institutions, practices, and concepts, including: the invention of the penitentiary; the abolition of capital punishment; and the rise of eugenics.

 Lectures and readings will focus on key dilemmas that brought crime and justice into question. Tutorials will involve the analysis of original documents and the essay will explore an historical crime and justice dilemma in depth.  

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

1. identify and analyse the historical roots of contemporary criminal justice dilemmas

2: understand the changing contexts of debates over criminal justice issues

3: interpret historical representations of crime and justice (in written texts; historical statistics; visual images - both documentary and artistic)

4: critically analyse the concepts raised in the lectures and identify them in the assigned readings

5: apply key course concepts to design a substantial research project

Indicative Assessment

Primary Document Exercise, 1500 words (30%) [Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3]

Case Study Research Essay, 4000 words (60%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

Seminar Participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 5]

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130 hours over the semester including one lecture (1.5 hours) and one tutorial (1 hour each) per week over the term.

Because assigned readings will include primary (i.e. historical) sources, and because students will need to prepare for tutorial exercises, it is advisable to devote 7.5 hours per week to prepare for the course (total of 10 hours per week). Students will have five one-hour meetings with the course convenor to develop their major research paper.

Prescribed Texts

A reading brick will comprise the course readings.


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6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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2014 $2484
2013 $2364
2012 $2364
2011 $2310
2010 $2250
2009 $2178
2008 $2178
2007 $2178
2006 $2178
2005 $2178
2004 $1836
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2005 $3450
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4776 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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