This resource is one of the units on the Open University's OpenLearn website, which provides free and open educational resources for learners and educators around the world. This unit examines what a crime is; how we as a society define 'crime'; the steps that lead from a crime to a conviction, and the factors that may affect that process.
It also looks at the fear and fascination with which society often views crime and what causes those reactions. Claims that are made about crime rates and the evidence that is available to support these claims are also considered. This unit provides a combination of activities and discussions.