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Murder and Mayhem: the London Underworld From the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Centuries (6 points)


Leader: Dr Marc Brodie

Clayton First semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: Murder and Mayhem: the London Underworld From the 18th to the 20th Centuries looks at London crime - from early highwaymen on its outskirts through to Jack the Ripper in the Victorian slums, to East End gangsters in the 1950s. It examines crime and criminals, and their representations, in the context of broad themes in the development of the city such as: social protest and a growing fear of the poor; immigration and racial conflict; the role of women; images of the "evil" city versus the rural idyll; and the growth of the popular press. Part of the unit will require students to gather and read both contemporary and recent evidence about Jack the Ripper "suspects" in light of these themes.

Assessment: Case study journal (Nominally 1000 words): 25% + Tutorial participation: 10% + Final case-study debate (Nominally 500 words): 15% + One-hour class test (nominally 1000 words): 20% + Research Essay (2000 words): 30%

Contact Hours: One and a half hour lecture and a one hour tutorial per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisites: A first year sequence in History or permission.

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