- Duration3 weeks
- Weekly study2 hours
Casing the Joint: Introducing Histories of Crime
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.
This course will allow you to develop deeper understanding of the underworlds you will encounter in podcasts, televisions series and books. 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.
- 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 and other Australian colonies
- The impact of digitisation and online sources on the study of crime
Date to be announced
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Demonstrate accessing digitised primary sources on the history of crime
- Evaluate information, ideas, and arguments about the history of crime
- Reflect on society's fascination with past crime
- Identify the methods used to record the appearance of those taken into custody
Who is the course for?
Recommended for learners age 15+
This course is for anyone interested in history, criminal law, true crime and crime fiction. It would also suit those who are interested in researching crimes and criminal offenders.
Who developed the course?
The University of Newcastle is a world-class university distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence. Ranked in Australia’s Top 10 universities, and 197th in the world (QS rankings, 2021).
- LocationNewcastle, Australia
- World rankingTop 200Source: QS World University Rankings 2021
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Crime holds a special place in Australian history.
Drawing upon innovative digital history resources, this program explores the back stories of Australia’s best known crimes and criminals.