History from Crime: Investigating Europe''s Past
Area of Study
Criminal Justice, Criminology, Government, Justice Studies
Taught In English
24 units of credit in History or Criminology completed
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewThis 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.
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.