Crime and Society in England, 1500-1800 (HIH2107)

30 credits

This module will illustrate the relationship between the criminal law in early modern England and society at this time. You will consider the nature of historical evidence, its interpretation and its limits.  Subjects covered include: the process of criminal prosecution and administration, the social profile of offenders, and a range of social influences on crime - notably gender, status, and locality - and attitudes to crime in society. You will also explore the changes which have happened over time, both in processes of punishment and administration, and in the nature of society. Throughout the module you will examine a range of printed primary sources relating to crime, offenders, prosecution and punishment.