'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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of the course, students will have the knowledge and skills 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: undertake original research to apply key course concepts
5. critically analyse the concepts raised in the lectures and identify them in the assigned readings
Primary Document Exercise, 1250 words (25%) [Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3]
Case Study Research Essay, 2500 words (40%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]
Seminar Participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 5]
Final Examination (2 hours) (25%) [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).
Requisite and Incompatibility
A reading brick will comprise the course readings.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|8807||18 Jul 2016||29 Jul 2016||31 Aug 2016||28 Oct 2016||In Person||N/A|