From Crime to Punishment
The online courses offered via Future Learn are a great way to study short courses and to do so flexibly. I've chosen to study 'From Crime to Punishment' becuase the course content links with my voluntary work in the local community and also my work as a sign language interpreter. This course is delivered by York University and students will follow a criminal case throughout the ten weeks.
Today, we have considered the following questions:
How would you define 'crime'? What makes ‘crime’ different from ‘not crime’?
Should the following be crimes?
Killing another person intentionally
Not wearing a seatbelt in a car
Emitting pollutants into a river
Do we think X behaviour should be criminalised and why?
My initial thoughts: Many factors to consider. Not just the ‘act’ but the context, views in society, government. How did it happen? Was it premeditated or self-defence?
Yesterday, was the first episode of Channel 4's fictional murder trial: A Murder in the Family. The accused is an actor but the judge and barristers are ‘real’ and it's interesting to watch how they present information to the court. I’m unsure how the jury will reach a decision given they know this is not a real case but it is fascinating to hear their observations of the accused and initial impressions!