Crime and Punishment in the West Riding 1750-1950

Ref: C3671295

This course will look at the judicial system in the West Riding. It will also examine the prison system, those who were repeat offenders or were transported to the colonies. The course will also look at the Police forces and magistrates who dispensed justice in the courts. There will also be an examination of individual case studies from the original records held at West Yorkshire Archives. The course will explore the social history of those whose lives turned to crime and the world in which they lived. It will also examine how society attempted to contain and rehabilitate those who were considered dangerous either in Reformatory Schools or in Asylums.

Course aim

This course will explore the lives of those who administered the law and were judged by it. Original records will be examined as well as the details of individual cases..

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Have a better understanding of the legal system in the West Riding
  • Gain an insight into the lives of criminals and those at the edge of society
  • Have a wider understanding of social history

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Crime and Punishment in the West Riding 1750-1950

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