'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 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
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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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 30 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 18 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 100 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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