Introduction to Criminology

Ref: C2527205

This Introduction to Criminology is open to beginners and designed as an introduction to the study of criminology and providing you with an effective experience in the field of criminological study. It will cover the initial stages of learning the disciplines of Criminology and its concepts, theories and perspectives. You will explore a variety of topics; in particular, to question things that might be taken for granted in relation to crime, the law, criminal justice, and what dangers people in society find most threatening. You'll explore the different understandings and ways of thinking about crime. This topic is relevant to a wide range of jobs in the public, voluntary and community sectors. For example, social welfare services, criminal justice services, community support services among others. The key skills you will develop are relevant to any job context.

Course aim

The study of crime draws together methods and perspectives from a range of social sciences with some areas of commonality. With this varied, interesting multi-disciplinary approach you will begin to explore what criminology really means.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Explain and evaluate the main theoretical perspectives in criminology
  • An ability to explain and evaluate the main theoretical perspectives in criminology
  • An understanding of how criminology has studied different forms of crime, the social dimensions of crime and the differing responses to crime
  • Compare, contrast, analyse and critically evaluate criminological perspectives and their application to crime
  • A critical knowledge of the development of the field of criminology

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Introduction to Criminology

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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