History from Crime: Investigating Europe''s Past

UNSW Sydney

Course Description

  • Course Name

    History from Crime: Investigating Europe''s Past

  • Host University

    UNSW Sydney

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Criminal Justice, Criminology, Government, Justice Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    24 units of credit in History or Criminology completed

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course considers several notorious crimes and criminals in Europe between the late Middle Ages and the twentieth century: examples may include homicide, domestic violence, sodomy, poaching, witchcraft, infanticide, or heresy. Despite initial appearances, however, History from Crime is not primarily about the history of crime(s). Instead, this course explores some the ways in which historians and other scholars have analysed and interpreted the documents generated by criminal justice systems. For a long time these records were used to track the development and operation of judicial institutions and police authorities. But ? especially in the last twenty or thirty years ? many scholars have turned to the records of prosecutions, interrogations, and litigation as a means to examine wider features of Europe?s social, political, and cultural past. Criminal justice records are an important means to find out about a largely illiterate population, and to explore issues that were poorly documented in any other sources. Exciting recent work includes investigations of honour and masculinity, verbal insults, microhistory, or changes in "ordinary" people's attitudes and values.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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