Casing the Joint: Introducing Histories of Australian Crime

7 Oct 2020 from 12:00am - 28 Oct 2020 until 12:00am

Duration: 3 weeks | Cost: FREE - Certificate for US$49  | Recommended for learners aged 15+ | Effort: 1-2 hours per week | Level: Intermediate

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Delve beyond true crime podcasts, books and television series

Crime holds a special place in Australian history, having facilitated colonisation, provided its most celebrated anti-hero in Ned Kelly and been used to sell millions of newspapers, books and movie tickets. Drawing upon a rich array of digital history resources, this course offers you a guided tour of the origins of Australian underworlds and of the study of the history of crime and punishment.

You will develop a sense of the processes which occur when someone becomes entangled with the legal system, and you will know where you can go to find out more about an offender and a crime for yourself.

What you'll learn

  • Introduction to the major trends in the history of crime and punishment in Australia.
  • Examination of the different ways in which people engage with, and study, crime.
  • How British law was adapted to New South Wales, Victoria and other Australian colonies.
  • The impact of digitisation and online sources on the study of crime.

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