Crime and Punishment, c. 1750-1950
Dublin City University
Area of Study
Taught In English
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits2
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units3
Hours & Credits
Contemporary Irish society, like other societies around us now, and societies in the past, is fascinated to the point of obsession with crime. The related issues of punishment and justice have sometimes been afforded less attention. This module will examine the history of crime and punishment during the period 1750-1950, with a focus on the English-speaking world. Changing rates and patterns of crime, the development of modern policing, the changing role of the courts, evolving patterns of punishment, and the emergence of experts will all be explored. This will be conducted with due attention to the influence of ideology, social and economic change, and the growth of the power of the state, while the importance of class, gender, youth, ethnicity, political protest, and popular representations of crime will be assessed.
1. Identify major trends in the history of crime and punishment for the modern period.
2. Interrogate the social, economic, political and ideological contexts in which the definitions of crime and approaches to justice and punishment have evolved.
3. Compare approaches to crime and punishment between jurisdictions and analyse the extent to which ideas and strategies about crime and punishment were shared and the mechanism of this transfer.
4. Apply knowledge of international trends in the study of crime and punishment to the study of crime and punishment in Ireland.
5. Argue and reference coherent arguments about aspects of the history and crime and punishment.