The historical investigation is a reflective piece of work that will allow the students to explore the continuity of the discipline across the spectrum of time in terms of policy, ideology and practice. The assignment is aimed to sharpen the investigative skills of the students and give them the confidence to progress in their next stage in their studies.
Using the Old Bailey Online Archives as a starting point, investigate a crime that occurred in Britain between 1674 and 1913. The scope of this assignment is to allow you to reflect on the socio-dynamics of crime and criminality from a historical perspective. Although this assignment is a historical investigation it should none the less relate to criminological debates either classical or current.
You need to select a case from the Old Bailey Online Archives to use as the basis for your investigation. You should avoid (in)famous cases as this is likely to influence your own investigation and impact upon your critical analysis
You can choose from any of the years covered by the archive (1674-1913) but you need to ensure you select a case which will interest you and provide enough material for a sustained piece of writing (i.e. 2,500) words
Once you have decided on a case you need to make sure you note down the accurate reference and save a copy to submit as an appendix with your final submission
You need to read your chosen case thoroughly and draw out the pertinent points.
When you outline the case maintain only the facts and avoid any unnecessary graphic of salacious details