Workplace Learning: Miscreants & Rascals (HIST*3480) | College of Arts

Workplace Learning: Miscreants & Rascals (HIST*3480)

Code and section: HIST*3480*03

Term: Fall 2020

Instructor: Kris Inwood

Details

AD-A Remote:

This course will be taught online in an Asynchronous format without days and times.

Details provided by instructor: You will be conducting independent work with scheduled meetings.  The course and your workplace are all online.  Scheduled meetings will take place remotely, which you can access through Courselink.

Course Synopsis:

This independent study course provides direct experience in the creation and analysis of data describing Canadians imprisoned during the 19th and early 20th. The lives of these people are documented in databases created from the admission registers for early Canadian prisons and jails. By the fall of 2019 we expect to be working on the Toronto Central Prison and St. Vincent de Paul federal penitentiary in Montreal. Your experiential learning opportunity will involve transcribing the prison registers online in order to make rare but highly useful documents more accessible for researchers now and in the future. In connecting this work experience to your academic discipline you will write a series of short critical reflections and a research paper analyzing what can be learned about the patterns of offences and offenders using the prison register as a primary source.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Upon successful completion of this course, student will have gained:
  • critical Understanding of 19th-century criminal justice systems and prisons.
  • ability to understand 19th-century handwriting & vocabulary.
  • knowledge of transcription practices.
  • knowledge of research practices.
  • ability to critically reflect upon your own work.
  • ability to critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of criminal justice records as sources.

Method of Evaluation and Weights:

  1. Transcriptions 40%
  2. Weekly Critical Reflections 20%
  3. Final Essay 40%

Texts Required:

There are no required texts.

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.

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.