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Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- Be familiar with the wide range of historic records available to locate individual convicts transported to the Australian penal colonies and to trace their life course experiences.
- Be able to read, transcribe, and understand key material presented within convict, court, and prison records.
- Be able to situate the experiences of individual convicts within a relevant wider context and convey this information clearly and succinctly.
- Subject's topics to be confirmed prior to semester commencement.
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Convict, prison and court records can provide rich, if sometimes disturbing evidence, of the lives led by past ancestors. This subject will draw upon the expertise of leading historians of crime, the law and convict transportation to guide students through the vast archival underbelly of the criminal justice system. Using large datasets assembled as part of the Founders and Survivors and Digital Panopticon projects you will be shown how to contextualise individual conviction and life course histories by comparing them with the records of others that shared similar experiences. This is a subjectfor those who want to get "forensic" about their past.
- Online transcription exercise (10%)
- Online quizzes (40%)
- Convict life story (Non-fiction) (50%)
Current study term: 01 May 22 to 08 Jul 22
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