Process - Click HERE for Timeline
A. Group activity
You will be assigned to a group of 4 students. Each group will select
one of the time periods / cultural groupings and look at crime and punishment
within the chosen time period. Each group will be asked to consider if
the punishments in their chosen time period reflected the values in that
society and prepare a group presentation for the class.
In your group explore justice in your time period by taking on one of
the following roles. Questions this big and important are best answered
when a few people are working on it at one time. Things work even better
when you decide to look at the question from different perspectives. This
way team members become experts on different aspects of the question and
then come together to share their learning.
Advocate for the Defence
Time periods / Cultural groupings are:
1. Babylonian and Egyptian times
2. Ancient Greek and Roman times
3. Early Middle Ages - 1200-1450
4. Elizabethan Era - 1450-1750
5. Industrial times – 1750-1900
6. Ancient India and China
7. Aboriginal Tribal Law
assist your group develop their perspective, it may be useful to develop
an understanding of life from a range of viewpoints during the chosen
time period. Use the resources indicated to develop your group and individual
life at the time from different perspectives – as a noble, peasant,
magistrate, member of the clergy, as a law enforcement officer. Did the
age and sex of the offender make a difference to their treatment by the
law of the time?
Questions for the GROUP to address in their presentation
1. Describe the values and morals of the society you are researching (this can include customs and beliefs at that time).
2. Who made the laws in that society?
3. What were the legal procedures?
4. Did crimes, as offences against society as a whole, exist in this society? Explain the types of crimes and punishments for such crimes.
5. Was the law (legal system) fair? Explain.
6. Was the law effective? Justify your answer
resources and links
Individual activity - Choose one of the following or negotiate
an activity with Ms Belvedere:
1. Create a Virtual museum web page to illustrate “justice”
in your chosen time period, include relevant images to demonstrate your
2. Create an artefact from the period / cultural grouping for an exhibition
at the museum on the history of punishment
Answer the following questions:
- What is the purpose of the artefact?
- When and how was it used?
- How long was it used for?
- Who was punished with this artefact? (i.e. did the punishment apply equally, without discrimination?)
- What was the process used when administering this sanction? (e.g. trial)
3. You are a reporter - produce a front page of the newspaper reporting
on a crime and the punishment meted out
In your article, address the following questions:
- Outline the facts of the case
- Describe the legal procedures followed in this case
- Outline the role of legal personnel involved in the case
- Outline the sanction applied
- As an investigative reporter do you believe the outcome was fair and just? Justify your response.