Criminal Justice

Imagining Justice In Society
Rating: 4.6 out of 5 (226 ratings)
2,976 students
English [Auto]
Punitive Ethics
Criminal Ethics
Conflict Studies
Minority Studies


  • An adequate understanding of the English language


In this course, you will learn about the causes of crime and criminal behavior, the ethics of criminal behavior and punishment thereof, and to tackle contemporary problems in the criminal justice systems in the industrialized world, such as racial inequalities. Additionally, you will gain crucial nuanced and intricate reasoning skills, key to any social scientist or intellectual person. But most of all, learning is fun, and you will hopefully have a lot of fun as well. Plus, this course is free!

The course consists of four modules:

- Criminal Ethics

- Race and Justice

- Punitive Ethics

- Criminology

Every lecture is followed by a multiple choice question, as intermittent examination has proven to be the most effective way to encourage the students' retainment of the recently taught knowledge. Every module is followed by a larger multiple choice "exam", testing the medium to long term capabilities of students. For optimal results, students should take in no more than a module per day. In addition to the lectures, the course provides readings there where this adds to the students' understanding of the subject matter. It is recommended that students read the readings either prior to or following the lectures, but at least before answering questions.

N.b. Udemy has significantly cut back on the freedoms of students and instructors pertaining to free courses. As such, the course is limited significantly in terms of time. This, together with the aging of the course may result in somewhat disconnected perspectives attempting to set up a framework for students to reason within rather than grasping concrete realities as case studies of these framework mechanisms. In addition, it has regrettably become impossible to automatically distribute certificates following a free course. Therefore, we are continuously looking for alternatives.

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone

Course content

5 sections17 lectures1h 10m total length
  • Introduction


Honours Student and Researcher
Piet Gotlieb
  • 4.4 Instructor Rating
  • 547 Reviews
  • 6,367 Students
  • 4 Courses

Hi! My name is Piet Gotlieb and I am an honours student in the BSc of Public Governance at Tilburg University. My honours program concerns migration. In addition, I have contributed to research in the area of human trafficking, specifically human trafficking for ransom. My primary research interests include the interrelation between politics, policy and the cultural and ethical values of communities, the political economy of conflict and human rights and the causes of racism that underlies social cleavages leading to structural deficits for minorities.

Educator - Editor
Henk Gotlieb
  • 4.4 Instructor Rating
  • 546 Reviews
  • 6,358 Students
  • 3 Courses

Hi there! I'm Henk. I am currently doing a Bachelor in Tourism with a focus on sustainable tourism. Sustainability is a hugely debated subject right now and will be a part of any of my courses. Besides studying tourism, I'm also actively working at a large hotel chain. I hope that you'll enjoy the courses that UtopiaCraft has to offer!