The aim of this course is to introduce learners to criminology as an area of study that tries to address the questions raised and to explore many key debates within criminology. This includes examining theoretical debates about the causes of crime and criminal behaviour and both historical and contemporary ideas about dealing with crime.
The course looks at persistent crime problems – such as youth crime, drugs, violence, and anti-social behaviour – and how they have been dealt with. Its aim is to develop an understanding of controversies around the causes of crime and criminal behaviour, and consider how theoretical and practical ideas about crime lead to crime and criminal justice policy.
You may already hold firm views about crime and criminal behaviour, although the course does not assume that you have any recent experience of studying crime. While the aim of this course is not necessarily to challenge your existing views, it may introduce you to new ways of looking at crime problems and debates taking place around crime and criminal behaviour. By studying criminology, you will develop a new language designed to cope with the study of crime and criminal behaviour.
Your Tutor will support you throughout the duration of the course. You complete the course by undertaking activities and assignments. Our student support team are also available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course. You can be assured that support is available for your course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.
Topics Covered in this Course
Module 1: Introduction to Criminology
Module 2: The UK Criminal Justice System
Module 3: Crime Data and Criminal Statistics
Module 4: Theories of Crime 1: Individuals and Crime
Module 5: Police and Policing
Module 6: Crime Prevention
Module 7: Victims and Victimisation
Module 8: The Courts and Sentencing
Module 9: Prisons and Probation
Module 10: Theories of Crime 2: Society and Crime
Module 11: Inequality and Crime
Module 12: Youth Crime
Module 13: Drugs and Crime
Module 14: Corporate Crime
Module 15: Transnational and Organised Crime
Module 16: Environmental Crime
Module 17: Cyber Crime
Module 18: Sexual Offences and Violent Crime
Module 19: Criminal Profiling
Module 20 Crime and the Media
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.
This course has been accredited under NCFE IIQ Licence by NCC Resources Limited which has been approved as an NCFE Investing in Quality (IIQ) centre to give formal recognition to courses. At the end of this course successful learners will be awarded a certificate of achievement by NCFE. The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. The course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 3 (using Ofqual’s Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved.
A NCFE Level 3 is roughly equivalent to a Level 5 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications.
Please note that there is a EUR60 fee payable for administration, moderation and certification.