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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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Histories of Crime and Punishment
    Subject History
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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