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Undergraduate | GRF-HSY311 | 2024

A History of Crime and Punishment

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Plunge into the history of crime, law and criminal justice. Dissect how attitudes to crime have shifted over the centuries. Follow the twists and turns of the witch-hunts in the Middle Ages. Look at executions in the eighteenth century and identification of criminals in the nineteenth century. 

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Start dates
4 Mar 2024,
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Entry requirements
Prior study needed
13 weeks

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A History of Crime and Punishment

About this subject

  • At the completion of this subject you will be able to:

    1. understand some major themes in the history of the crime and the law from the earliest times to the present;
    2. engage systematically and critically with the complex relations between developments in the law and legal system and broader political, social economic and cultural change;
    3. demonstrate a general capacity for research, analysis of evidence, reasoned argument, clear exposition, and sound judgement;
    4. progress, through an informed and disciplined reflection on the past, to a richer and deeper understanding of the present.

Entry requirements


Note: Level 3 subjects normally assume a moderate level of prior knowledge in this area, eg from studying related Level 1 and 2 subjects or other relevant experience.

Additional requirements

No additional requirements

Study load

0.125 EFTSL

This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

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What to study next?

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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