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Crime and Punishment Since 1700 (HIS204)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Description Focusing on Western society from the eighteenth century to the present, this unit explores crime and punishment from an historical perspective. Crime is examined in relation to social changes, protest, class and gender, along with the evolution of punishment and detection. Material will be drawn from the United States, Britain and Australia, with topics ranging from archaic game laws to modern serial killers.
Unit Learning Outcomes On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Understand a variety of conceptual approaches to interpreting crime
2. Identify and interpret a range of primary and secondary sources
3. Analyse historical evidence, scholarship and changing representations of the past
4. Construct an evidence-based argument.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/workshops: 1 x 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences Learning experiences will include lectures, films and workshops. Students will have the opportunity to pursue self-directed learning through a research project.
Assessment Assessments in the unit will include an online quiz, a research proposal, research essay and an exam. Written feedback will be provided on submitted assignments.
Prerequisites Nil.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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History (BA)
Appears in these Co-Majors History
Appears in these Minors Modern History
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Professor Michael Sturma
Professor - History

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2857
e: M.Sturma@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.2.014 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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