Introduction

A society's laws and the way it punishes people reveals a lot about the values, attitudes, and beliefs of that era.  Today we don't have public executions or place people in the stocks.  Punishment has varied through time and imprisonment is a relatively recent addition to the range of penalties we impose on those who break the law.

The law is all around us and during this course, you will look at where laws come from and how they have changed through time.