QLLM169 Punishment in England 1750-1950 (Sem 1)
The study of punishment in the period 1750 -1950 provides a number of fruitful encounters with political and social theory, evolving legal doctrine and concurrent economic and social developments. It requires and imparts versatility and flexibility in the identification of core issues. Handling this and related material can supplement and enrich broader legal studies. Full of human interest and controversy, it is challenging, engrossing and illuminating. Debates range from theories such as moral agency and culpability, to varieties of determinism to consideration of the powers, prerogatives and duties of the state.
To acquaint students with the variety of sources and ways of thinking necessary to make sense of the evolution over two crucial centuries of the modern period. Consideration of core issues and critical junctures brings the student into the heart of policy delineation and analysis. The combination of legal, political, economic, social and historical perspectives takes the student into new intellectual territory. It develops new skills in sourcing and manipulation whilst requiring and encouraging historical imagination and scholarly initiative. The diverse nature of the material and the challenging nature of the debates encourage and help to build confidence.
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5,000 word course essay