What happens when a crime is allegedly committed in England and Wales? Now’s your chance to find out. On this course, you’ll follow a suspect through the journey of investigation, prosecution and adjudication. You’ll step inside the courtroom - discovering how criminal justice processes work - and learn about the criminal law and key institutions like the police and the courts.

What topics will you cover?

  • Week 1: Definitions of crime; measuring the extent of crime
  • Week 2: Investigation and prosecution
  • Week 3: The trial process
  • Week 4: Sentencing

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Identify different definitions of ‘crime’
  • Describe, in basic terms, key processes in criminal justice including investigation, prosecution, defense, adjudication, and sentencing
  • Develop a reasoned view of the values underpinning criminal justice processes in England and Wales and on the effectiveness of institutions including police, lawyers, and courts

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at those with a good secondary education and an interest in law and/or criminal justice. The level is undergraduate level 1, so equivalent to the first year of a degree course. You do not need any prior knowledge of the field, but a keen interest in criminal justice is essential.

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Last updated February 17, 2018
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