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HIST242 Histories of Crime and Punishment

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Examines the development of crime and punishment in order to explore the emergence of modern states.

Why was treason the 'greatest crime'? When and why did transportation and exile emerge as forms of punishment? This course examines the role of crime and punishment in the emergence of modern states from the early modern period onwards. It traces how different societies defined and theorised crime, such as treason and murder, and punished its criminals through capital punishment, confinement, transportation or exile.

This course is essential for students who major in History, and it also complements studies in a wide range of subjects, including Criminology, Law, Psychology, Sociology, Politics, and Anthropology.

Paper title Histories of Crime and Punishment
Paper code HIST242
Subject History
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $913.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,073.40

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One 100-level HIST paper or 54 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music

Teaching staff

Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Angela Wanhalla
Lecturers: Professor Takashi Shogimen
Professor Sonja Tiernan
Associate Professor Mark Seymour
Associate Professor Angela Wanhalla


No textbooks required.

Electronic resources will be available on Blackboard.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the role of crime and punishment in the emergence of modern societies
  • Gain an understanding of crime and punishment in a global context
  • Obtain an appreciation of interdisciplinary perspectives and key concepts in the field
  • Acquire skills of evaluating and interpreting historical sources and debates

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 12:00-12:50 29, 31, 33, 38, 40
A2 Monday 13:00-13:50 29, 31, 33, 38, 40
A3 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 29, 31, 33, 38, 40
A4 Thursday 12:00-12:50 29, 31, 33, 38, 40