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University of York

From Crime to Punishment: an Introduction to Criminal Justice

University of York via FutureLearn


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.

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.


  • The idea of 'crime'
    • Introduction
    • Defining 'crime'
    • What should be a crime?
    • Representations of crime
    • How much crime?
    • Quiz of the week
    • Meet Joe: introducing our case study
  • Investigation and prosecution
    • Welcome to Week 2
    • Joe's story: the next chapter
    • Police and suspects
    • Who wants what in criminal justice?
    • The prosecution process
    • Test of weeks 1 and 2
    • What next for Joe?
  • The trial
    • Welcome to Week 3
    • Joe's story continues
    • What are trials for?
    • Juries: further thoughts
    • The criminal law: liability when there is more than one offender
    • Quiz of the week
    • What next for Joe?
  • Sentencing and post-conviction
    • Welcome to Week 4
    • The next chapter in Joe's story
    • Purposes of sentencing: desert and deterrence
    • Purposes of sentencing: rehabilitation
    • Sentencing: law, guidelines and practice
    • Sentencing Joe
    • Alternative approaches: restorative justice
    • Test of Weeks 3 and 4
    • What next for Joe?

Taught by

Ben Fitzpatrick


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  • Anonymous
    John Maina Ndiritu /155/29/1/19
    The course is very good and a security
    to be with. It cover ,investigation, arresting, prosecution, law section, defence, adjudication, sentence and collection. Very interesting indeed. Long live class central.

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