Death sentences: public hangings, true confessions and graveyard ghouls ADED11885

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Crime and punishment in the past or present are fascinating topics that reflect both eternal human failings and contemporary social values. The three classroom-based course meetings will examine different specific aspects of the history of crime: public hangings in Glasgow from 1500 to 1750; criminal confessions made by accused people in 17th century Scotland; and grave-robbers in the west of Scotland from 1750 to 1832. The second and final scheduled course meetings will consist of walks in central Glasgow: one visiting scenes associated with grave-robbers, and the second around places connected to courts, police and places of punishment.


Block 4, weeks 1-5

Tuesdays 10.00-12.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Provide students with specific knowledge of three selected episodes in the history of crime in Scotland and Glasgow

■ Place these episodes in their contemporary social settings.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Discuss the actions and motives of the people and organisations involved in the three selected episodes i.e. public hangings, criminal confessions and grave-robbers, in the history of crime

■ Describe the historical backgrounds of early modern and modern Scotland in which the episodes took place

■ Demonstrate familiarity with a range of relevant primary source material.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.