Is what we think about crime in the past right? There are a lot of assumptions about crime in the past that are based on wrong information. Did violence increase in the course of the early modern and modern period? Did women seldom commit crimes or use violence? Did the social laws of the 19th century improve the position of criminal and neglected children? Both historians and criminologists have assumptions about such issues that may be wrong. In this seminar we will examine various myths about crime in the past by looking at the arguments and sources of historians and the debates about crime, violence, gender and young criminals.
Familiarize with some key debates in the field of crime in the past.
Learn how to analyse and contextualise a historical discussion
Learn how to discuss and analyse such a debate succinctly
Learn how to write a review
Mode of instruction
Participation in class (20 %)
Presentation (20 %)
Essay of 5000 words (60 %)
Reading will be announced on blackboard and during the classes.
If only native speakers of Dutch participate, the course can be taught in Dutch