Popular Culture and Punishment (HIST*3130) | College of Arts

Popular Culture and Punishment (HIST*3130)

Code and section: HIST*3130*DE

Term: Winter 2021

Instructor: Linda Mahood


Method of Delivery:

This course is offered by Distance Education. All components are asynchronous.

Course Synopsis:

This course will survey the social, political and intellectual influences upon the leisure activities of Europeans and Americans in the period with special reference to institutions such as the prison, the asylum, the reformatory and the regulation of popular culture and leisure activities. Witchcraft and the witch-hunt will be discussed. 

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, you should be able to: 

  1. Identify the social, cultural, political, and economic forces which shaped the 18th and 19th century criminal justice system; 
  2. Differentiate between types of crime and criminals in order to arrive at a fuller understanding of the scope of criminal activity and responses to criminality prior to the 20th century; 
  3. Make the links between 18th and 19th century developments and the structure and aims of the modern criminal justice system; 
  4. Develop case studies which combine historical analysis with the methods and approaches of other disciplines, including criminal studies and sociology; 
  5. Analyse and assess a variety of mediums, from online databases through to academic text, documentary film, and imagery; and 
  6. Utilise existing knowledge and technical literacy to appreciate the sources and tools available to historians. 


7.50 credits including (HIST*1010 or SOC*1500)

Method of Evaluation and Weights:

Case Studies (x2) - 20% each (total 40%)
Unit Discussions - 10%
Virtual Notebook (x10) - 1.5% each (total 15%)
Take-home Final Exam - 35%

Required Texts:

There is no required textbook for this course.

*Please note: This is a preliminary website description only. The department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description. The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.