Crime and criminal justice are vast and fascinating issues that highlight the complexity of defining and solving social problems.
What traditional and innovative responses to crime and victimisation work? Why do people stop offending? Which interventions are seen by the community as being fair, lawful and effective?
The age of austerity in which we currently find ourselves has made these issues all the more significant and politically sensitive.
Join us as we explore the criminal justice system, from crime to desistance
Through this free online course you’ll develop an understanding of, and critical perspective on, the role of the state in the regulation of criminal behaviour and the key parts played by those involved in the criminal justice system.
Together, we’ll explore key themes of classic criminological research, contemporary debates on criminal justice institutions and processes, and international developments in policy and practice, focusing in particular on:
- crime and criminal justice;
- victims and victim support;
- restorative justice;
- prisons and places of confinement;
- community sanctions and measures;
- and desistance.
This is an introductory course and anyone can enjoy it without prior knowledge or experience of the subject. A basic knowledge of criminal justice will be helpful but is not essential. The course will focus on criminal justice in England and Wales, but is designed so that learners from any country can participate.
The course will be useful for those considering an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the fields of criminology or criminal justice.