Courses & Units

Convict Ancestors HAA007



Actual Dates: 24 Feb - 10 Apr 2020.


Convict, prison and court records can provide rich, if sometimes disturbing evidence, of the lives led by past ancestors. This unit will draw upon the expertise of leading historians of crime, the law and convict transportation to guide students through the vast archival underbelly of the criminal justice system. Using large datasets assembled as part of the Founders and Survivors and Digital Panopticon projects you will be shown how to contextualise individual conviction and life course histories by comparing them with the records of others that shared similar experiences. This is a unit for those who want to get "forensic" about their past.


Unit name Convict Ancestors
Unit code HAA007
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline History and Classics

Dr Kristyn Harman

Teaching staff

Dr Kristyn Harman

Level Foundation
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 Off-Campus Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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Band CSP Student Contribution Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 100799

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Teaching Pattern

Fully online unit with recorded lectures, content module activities, quizzes and reading requirements


Four online quizzes (40%), online transcription exercise (10%), convict life story (non-fiction) 750-1,000 words (50%).

Final grade will be pass or fail.

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