Great Trials in History – Fri. 2:00 PM with Gerard Bowling (2024-2025)

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Rationale :This course takes a look at historically famous court cases. We will look through existing documents as written by eyewitnesses or those who closely reported the facts. We will cover famous court cases that have existing accounts from Socrates to more modern cases such as Nuremberg.

Course Aims and Outcomes: The class will be presented as a group looking through the existing documents of the differing trials. Witness statements and historical context will be thoroughly discussed. Also arguments and dissenting opinions will be examined in these cases. The aim of this course will be to give the student an understanding of the facts surrounding these cases.

By the end of this course, students will: Be able to have a working knowledge of historical facts concerning the court cases. They will understand the difference between eyewitness accounts and hearsay. Also, they will be able to see how different societies approached and defined the justice process.