Crime, Punishment and Protest in Early Modern Britain

Ref: C2339631

The course will begin with some background work on the Middle Ages to set the scene for Early Modern Britain. However the majority of topics will relate to post 1450 and finsih with changes to crime as a result of industrialisation and the agricultural revolution. Reasons for a wide variety of crimes will be examined. Types of punishment and the reasoning behind these will be studied. The development of courts and Royal justice will form part of the course. Smuggling, treason ,murder, theft, protest and witchcraft will be part of our studies. Connections with poverty and fears re law and order will be evaluated to come to a full understanding of change during our period. Links will be made to current crime, punishment and protest in 2018 where appropriate.

Course aim

The aim of this course is to look at crime, punishment and protest in the period 1450 to c1800 with particular reference to England and the home nations.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Explain inks between crime and poverty.
  • Evaluate the role of Henry II in the development of trials
  • Interpret witchcraft crazes
  • Assess the impact of hanging on crime rates

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

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

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Crime, Punishment and Protest in Early Modern Britain

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
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