Module Details

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Title DIGITAL HISTORIES OF CRIME AND PUNISHMENT: LONDON, 1840 - 1910
Code HIST359
Coordinator Professor AM Davies
History
A.M.Davies@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 6 FHEQ First Semester 30

Aims

To provide students with an intensive, interactive engagement in digital historical research and e-learning, utilizing online sources for the history of crime and punishment in Victorian and Edwardian London;

To familiarize students with the range, scope, possibilities and challenges of online research sources, of the methods and techniques involved in online historical investigation, analysis and projects and of the ways in which the history of crime and punishment is being transformed by the availability of digital sources;

To allow students to undertake a sustained individual research project based on online cultural and social history sources;

To link detailed individual projects with an understanding of the existing historical scholarship in the student’s area of interest.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon primary sources.

(LO2) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians

(LO3) An understanding of the possibilities, potential scope and challenges of historical research using digitized primary sources.

(S1) Confidence, independence of mind, responsibility, organisation and time-management.

(S2) The ability to work collaboratively and to participate in group discussion

(S3) Gathering, analysing and organising information, including online and digital resources.

(S4) Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of oral expression.

(S5) Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of written expression


Syllabus

 

The weekly syllabus will be confirmed on VITAL/CANVAS and in the module handbook.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module is taught through six, three-hour seminars and five, three-hour workshops. It culminates in an individual research project, on a topic of the student's choosing. The first two seminars provide the context for their project, examining key historical studies of crime and punishment in Victorian and Edwardian England alongside classic accounts by contemporary social commentators. Two further seminars provide training in the analysis and interpretation of primary sources, such as trial transcripts and newspaper reports. The final two seminars are work-in-progress sessions, in which students will receive detailed feedback on their project. The first four workshops are held in a training room in the Sydney Jones Library. In these sessions students will work with and alongside the module co-ordinator, exploring digitized archives – such as the Old Bailey Proceedings Online, nineteenth-century newspapers and prisoners’ case-files – and carrying out an o nline research project. The final workshop, held in week 12, provides guidance on how to complete the research project.


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours   18

      15

33
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 267
TOTAL HOURS 300

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Project Proposal There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.  -1500 words    25       
Project Report There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.  -4500 words    75       

Recommended Texts

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