Crime, Protest and Punishment 1750c - 1900

Ref: C2340782

The course will begin with some background work on the types of crime that were prevalent in Georgain England. The effect of Industrialisation on crime and protest such as the Luddite and Swing Riots will be studied. Chartism and the beginning of Trade Union protest will be a topic. Also the reaction of the Georgian governments to protest and strikes will feature. Early attempts at policing and the development of a police force will be examined. Punishments, prisons and prison reform are key areas of change. Law courts and the 'Bloody Code' will be assessed. Change and continuity are vital themes for this period and will form the back drop to our studies.

Course aim

The aim is to provide an introduction to Crime, protest and punishment in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Describe prison reform
  • Explain why there were protests such as the Luddite Riots
  • Assess how the courts dealt with individuals
  • Evaluate the role of prison reformers such as Elizabeth Fry.

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 or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details

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Crime, Protest and Punishment 1750c - 1900


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