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The interdisciplinary nature of criminology makes it a difficult term to define. There are several ways of looking at it, which depend on the background of the person by whom it is being defined.
". . . knowledge concerning the etiology, prevention, control and treatment of crime and delinquency. This includes the measurement and detection of crime, legislation, and practice of criminal law, as well as the law enforcement, judicial and correctional systems."
In brief, the study of Criminology deals primarily with crime and punishment and our understanding of crime in the social context.
About Our Criminology Course
Throughout this criminology distance learning course, you will learn how to define crime, what causes crime and the consequences of crime. You will also consider the UK legislative environment and what impact this has on laws that are passed to mitigate the effects of crime. You will then move on to look at a range of different types of crime.
Introduction to Criminology
Define what Criminology is and have an understanding of the theories used.
Study the trends of modern day criminal statistics
The UK Justice System
Have an understanding of the UK Justice system and have reference to key legal terms
Describe a large range of drugs, what effects they have, their methods of use, their prevalence, production and marketing and common street names.
Describe different forms of violence and reasons for it.
Understanding Property Crime
Describe different forms of property crime and understand when and where they occur
Understanding Crime and the Community
Understanding the role of the community in crime prevention
Understanding Trans-national and Organised Crime
Describe various forms of organized and transnational crime
Understanding High Tech Crime
Understand the use of computers and internet technology in support of criminal activities
Understanding Crime Prevention
Describe how to focus on the causes of crime and use problem-solving tools in order to significantly reduce or eliminate the factors that can lead crime
Understanding Youth Crime
Understand why youths turn to crime and why everyone has a role in supporting youth and preventing youth crime.
Understanding Anti-Social Behaviour
Describe different forms of anti-social behavior, who it affects, its long terms effects and approaches to tackling it.
Introduction to Forensic Psychology
Describe what Forensic Psychology is, how it works; from basic theories and principles, through research, understanding and explaining results, to the actual application of psychological techniques.
Introduction to Criminal Profiling
Understand what is meant by Criminal profiling, and how the use of scientific methods, logical reasoning, sources of information on people, criminology, victimology, and experience or skill is employed to interpret the events that surround the commission of a crime.
Introduction to the Theory of Terrorism
Understanding what terrorism is and why it is a deliberate use of violence against civilians for political or religious ends.
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Last updated July 23, 2018