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Learning Exercise

Material: Exploring Constitutional Law
Submitted by: William Paquette on Jan 02, 2009
Date Last Modified: Jan 02, 2009
Title: The Trials of Oscar Wilde
Description: Oscar Wilde was one of Great Britain's most famous playrights. However, his career and family life was destroyed by his uncoventional love for another man.
Type of Task: Individual, Student-centered, Supplemental Activity, Unsupervised
Time Required 3-4 hours.
Topics: Great Britain; 19th Century European History
Course: Western Civilization.
Audience: College General Ed, College Lower Division, High School
Prerequisites Skills: Basic computer skills.
Learning Objectives: 1.To acquaint students with the basics of English law. 2.To acquaint students with a trial of a famous British figure with an international reputation.
Technical Notes: None.
Text of Learning Exercise: Instructions: Once on the site "Exploring Constitutional Law," scroll to the bottom of the page and Click "Famous Trials." Click the "Trials of Oscar Wilde." Read the following sections: Wilde's Letters to Douglas, Queensberry on Wilde, Poems of Lord Douglas; Wilde's Writings on Trials, Libel Trial Transcript, First Criminal Trial, Second Criminal Trial, Prison Writings, Homosexuality and the Law. Write a 5-7 page paper answering the following questions: 1.Who were the leading figures in Wilde Trials? 2.What laws were broken? 3.Who brought the case to trial and on what grounds? 4. Why were there two trials? 5. What was the verdict? 6. How did the trial and verdict affect Oscar Wilde's career and family? 6. What does the trial tell us about the moral and social conventions of 19th century Great Britain? 7. Could the trials have been avoided? Explain. 8. What are your views about this case and its consequences?
Assessment: Paper.
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