University of Newcastle Australia program

Australian Underworlds: Histories of Crime in Australia

Discover the back stories of Australia's best known crimes and criminals

This program is part of the Bachelor of Arts degree offered by The University of Newcastle Australia

Learn the history of Australia's criminal underworlds

This program offers you to the opportunity to investigate major trends in the history of crime and punishment in Australia, combining a thematic and chronological approach. Drawing upon a rich array of leading edge digital history resources, this program will examine the back stories of Australia's best known crimes and criminals, setting this underworld in its historical context. It will address the role of sex, class, race and ethnicity in decisions about which behaviours are defined as crimes and why certain people become criminals.

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4 courses

The University of Newcastle Australia

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Who will you learn with?

I am an Associate Professor of History at the University of Newcastle where I teach Australian history, including crime and environmental history.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Outline key historical debates, themes and concepts around the history of crime in Australia;

  2. Integrate primary and secondary sources into a research outcome, drawing on digitised sources as appropriate;

  3. Evaluate information, ideas, and arguments about the history of crime, including those from cultures other than their own;

  4. Demonstrate intermediate written and visual communication skills, and information literacy skills relevant to history;

  5. Reflect on their learning and express an ethical stance towards the history of crime in Australia.

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