Introduction to Criminology

Ref: C2226797

What is 'crime'? How do we measure the extent of crime? What kind of people are 'criminals'? How do we explain crime? Why do some people commit crime more than others and what should society do about those people who commit crime? These are some of the questions that criminologists try to answer using systematic and rigorous research. Through the use of tutor presentations and class discussions around short, pre-set readings this course will explore these issues.

Course aim

The main purpose of the course is to provide an introduction to criminology, the problems associated with measuring the extent of crime, theories that attempt to explain crime and debates about what society should do about criminal behaviour.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Explain what crime is and what criminology is
  • Describe the difficulties involved in attempting to measure the extent and nature of crime in the UK and to compare it with the past.
  • Apply some of the theories that try to explain criminal behaviour. These will range from classical and positivist theories through strain theory, sub-cultural theories, labelling theory and the social construction of deviance to Marxist theory and the crimes of the powerful.
  • Create judgements about situational crime prevention measures and the use of alternatives to prison, broadly categorised as 'restorative justice'.

How will I be taught?

  • Most of your learning will take place in your class, but one or two sessions will be online using WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas, working by yourself or engaging with other students. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

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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 book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • 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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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