Criminology Diploma Course

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What Will You Learn?

Simply put, criminology is the study of crime - a broad field of study that encompasses all factors and stake-holders involved in crime. This includes analysis of geographical factors, statistics, causes of crime, consequences of crime, and reactions to crime.

From this diploma in criminology, you will learn what crime is, how it is caused, and the various types of crimes and the consequences of committing them. You’ll gain insight into the major criminal organisations in operation around the world and explore the UK and US criminal justice systems.

This online course begins by defining criminology - explaining what it is, summing up its history, and exploring its evolution.

We’ll explore the various schools of thought within criminology - Positivist School, Chicago School, Classical School and Neo-Classicist School - along with social structure theories. We’ll also discuss violent crime, property crime, cybercrime and white-collar crime, and look at crime statistics and trends in the UK, US, and internationally.

Many crimes occur as a direct result of the use and distribution of illegal narcotics, so it’s important to understand the substances involved. You’ll be guided through the five main drugs that are central to the problem. We’ll also examine the five major international organised crime groups and take a look at terrorism.

We consider the steps that can be taken to prevent crime from occurring - as individuals, family members, and as a society. We’ll discover crime prevention methods, the community’s role in crime prevention, and how to prevent youth crime and anti-social behaviour.

You’ll learn about the UK criminal justice system, elements of criminal law, criminal defences and the UK criminal justice process. We also take a look at the foundations of US criminal law, the three sources of law, and the difference between UK and US law and legislation.

The course concludes with a look at how forensic psychology is informed by research in many other areas, the scientific and clinical-based approaches to forensic psychology and the variety of techniques used when working with offenders.

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Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Introduction
  • Part 1: What is Criminology?
  • Part 2: Criminology as a Social Science
  • Part 3: History of Criminology
  • Part 4: Evolution of Criminology
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: UK Crime Statistics and Trends
  • Part 2: US Crime Statistics and Trends
  • Part 3: International Crime Statistics and Trends
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: Positivist School
  • Part 2: Chicago School
  • Part 3: Classical School
  • Part 4: Neo-Classicist School
  • Part 5: Social Structure Theories
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: Violent Crime
  • Part 2: Property Crime
  • Part 3: Cyber Crime
  • Part 4: White-Collar Crime
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: Cannabis (Marijuana)
  • Part 2: Cocaine
  • Part 3: MDMA/Ecstasy
  • Part 4: Heroin
  • Part 5: Methamphetamine
  • Part 6: County Lines
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: International Organised Crime Groups
  • Part 2: Terrorism
  • Part 3: Types of Terrorism
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: Crime Prevention Methods
  • Part 2: Tertiary Prevention
  • Part 3: Community Role in Crime Prevention
  • Part 4: Preventing Youth Crime
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: Overview
  • Part 2: Criminal Justice System
  • Part 3: Criminal Law Elements
  • Part 4: Participatory and Inchoate Offences
  • Part 5: Criminal Defences
  • Part 6: UK Criminal Justice Process
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: Criminal Law vs. Statutory Law
  • Part 2: Differences Between UK and US Law
  • Part 3: Courts and Tribunals
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Part 1: Introduction to Forensic Psychology and Criminal Profiling
  • Part 2: Understanding Forensic Psychology and its Methods
  • Part 3: Understanding Criminal Profiling and its Methods
  • Conclusion
  • Module 10 Assessment
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

The Criminology Diploma Course will be of interest to those who wish to delve into and understand the criminal mind and the societal and individual factors that can lead to criminal behaviour.

The course is perfect for anyone who works within the community, in particular with those who may be at risk of, or who are currently, engaging in criminal activities.

The course will also be of interest to anyone studying criminal psychology, philosophy, sociology, political science or even economics - as it provides an understanding of why an individual may turn to criminality and the various effects crime has on society.

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Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

Upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £15).

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high-quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries.

This course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.

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