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
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
Requirements of Entry
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.