In this first lesson I was introduced to the two options for the project: dissertation or artefact. Then I was shown a presentation on what to do for each of them and I began my initial ideas on what I'd want to do mine one.
After creating my mind map I decided that the area i wanted to do my EPQ on was crime during the Victorian times.
This verified my title, aims and outcome.
I decided on the initial question for my EPQ: Were crime rates in Victorian Britain as high as portrayed in modern media and why were such horrific crimes committed?
I started to look for sources that contained statistics and information to help me answer the question.
At this point I'd collected 18 sources all about Victorian Crime rates and the punishments with them but hadn't evaluated how valuable and reliable each source is.
This source contained incredibly useful information as it held the statistics of trials and convictions during the Victorian Era.
Having decided to look at a second time period I also modified the question to fit this change. I changed the question to: How do crime rates in Modern Britain compare to Victorian Britain and why have the rates change?
During this week | decided the best way to comment on Victorian crime rates was by comparing it to a second time period.
I started to look for sources that would help me compare crime during the modern era to crimes in the Victorian time period.
I felt like just focusing on crime rates wasn't a very good idea as not only was it difficult to find reliable statistics but it was a question that could be explored much. I could just right in the VE the murder rate was 1 in 1000 people whilst in ME it was 1 in 10000. So I made the final question change to: How does crime and punishment in Modern Britain compare to Victorian Britain and why has it changed?