Certificate in Criminology

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Price: on request
Duration: 6 Months
Distance Learning

Course description

Course Content

This programme is designed for anyone interested in building knowledge of criminology, crime, terrorism – its causes and prevention. The course examines in detail the range of criminal activity together with detection and prevention methods in common use. Criminology is defined as the 'scientific study of crime'. It is an inter-discriplinary subject that covers sociology, psychology and law, to focus on issues such as the causes of crime, the justice system, violence, youth crime and community or societal reactions to crime.

Your Tutor will support you throughout the duration of the course. You complete the course by undertaking activities and assignments. You will receive the course manual, assignments and study guide plus tutor support. Our student support team are also available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course. You can be assured that unlimited support is available for your course, so there is no need to feel isolated during your studies.


Topics Covered in this Course


Unit 1: Introduction to Criminology

Define what Criminology is and have an understanding of the theories used.

Unit 2: Criminal Statistics

Study the trends of modern day criminal statistics.

Unit 3: The Irish Justice System

Gain an understanding of the Irish Justice system and have reference to key legal terms.

Unit 4: Understanding Drugs

Describe a large range of drugs, what effects they have, their methods of use, their prevalence, production and marketing and common street names.

Unit 5: Understanding Violence

Describe different forms of violence and reasons for it.

Unit 6: Understanding Property Crime

Describe different forms of property crime and understand when and where they occur.

Unit 7: Understanding Crime and the Community

Understanding the role of the community in crime prevention.

Unit 8: Understanding Trans-national and Organised Crime

Describe various forms of organised and trans-national crime.

Unit 9: Understanding High Tech Crime

Understand the use of computers and internet technology in support of criminal activities.

Unit 10: 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 to lead crime.

Unit 11: Understanding Youth Crime

Understand why youths turn to crime and why everyone has a role in supporting youth and preventing youth crime.

Unit 12: Understanding Anti-Social Behaviour

Describe different forms of anti-social behaviour, who it affects, its long terms effects and approaches to tackling it.

Unit 13: 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.

Unit 14: 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.

Unit 15: The Theories of Terrorism

Understanding what terrorism is and why it is a deliberate use of violence against civilians for political or religious ends.


Who should complete this course?

Anyone interested in criminology and learning more about crime, its causes and prevention.

Members of the Gardai Siochana or support services.

People who work in the security and crime prevention industry.

Those involved in working with young people in supporting youth crime prevention.


Entry Requirements / Prerequisites




This course is assessed through a series of tutor marked assignments. There is no exam with this course.


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