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HIST242 Histories of Crime and Punishment

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 emergence 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 crime, such as treason and murder, and punished its criminals through capital punishment, confinement, transportation or exile.

Paper title Histories of Crime and Punishment
Paper code HIST242
Subject History
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
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One 100-level HIST paper or 54 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music

Teaching staff

Coordinator: Associate Professor Angela Wanhalla
Lecturers: Associate Professor Mark Seymour, Professor Takashi Shogimen, Professor Sonja Tiernan and 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
  • 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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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 9-15, 17, 19-22
Thursday 11:00-11:50 9-15, 17-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 12:00-12:50 11-12, 14, 17, 19-20
A2 Monday 13:00-13:50 11-12, 14, 17, 19-20
A3 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 11-12, 14, 17, 19-20