Crime, Justice and Society

Explore the role of the state in regulating criminal behaviour and the parts played by those in the criminal justice system.

Crime, Justice and Society

Course Description

Learn and debate with criminal justice academics and professionals What should the role of the police be? How do victims experience criminal justice? Are there alternative responses to crime instead of prosecution and conviction? On this course, you’ll learn alongside specialists from the University of Sheffield’s Centre for Criminological Research and hear from those with firsthand experience of the criminal justice system, like the police, probation officers, former prisoners and criminal lawyers. 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 wil... Read More »

Learn and debate with criminal justice academics and professionals

What should the role of the police be? How do victims experience criminal justice? Are there alternative responses to crime instead of prosecution and conviction?

On this course, you’ll learn alongside specialists from the University of Sheffield’s Centre for Criminological Research and hear from those with firsthand experience of the criminal justice system, like the police, probation officers, former prisoners and criminal lawyers.

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.

If you are interested in studying criminology, you may be interested to know that our BA (Hons) in Criminology has recently been ranked number 2 in the Guardian University Guide 2019, making Sheffield the (second) best place to study this subject.

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Course Outcomes:
  • Reflect on the role of the state in the regulation of criminal behaviour.
  • Describe how a range of criminal justice agencies and non-governmental organisations respond to crime.
  • Discuss contemporary issues and emerging questions in the field of criminology.
  • Explore the impacts of victimisation and the support available for victims of crime.
  • Debate controversial issues in policing and prisons.
  • Investigate international developments in restorative justice policy and practice.
  • Evaluate alternative approaches to imprisonment such as community sanctions and measures.
  • Explore emerging research into desistance to understand how and why people stop offending.

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