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Level 3 Diploma in Criminology

Cantrbury college main entrance

Course overview

Criminology is a modular two-year A Level equivalent course in the study of the nature, causes and control of criminal behaviour in both the individual and society.

It is Interdisciplinary in that it draws on concepts from psychology, psychiatry, law, sociology and social anthropology. Criminologists tackle some of the most pressing issues and dilemmas we face in society. They carry out research on crimes and try to explain why they happen, looking into the family life, mental state, social status, biology and other aspects of the lives of criminals. The main aim of criminologists is to find ways to predict, deter, and prevent future crimes. They may assist law enforcement in catching criminals.

Course information

You will cover a range of topics such as:

Changing Awareness of Crime – Different types of crime, such as hate crime, domestic abuse, honour crime, cybercrime and white-collar crime. Reasons why some crimes tend to go unreported, and the consequences of this for the victim, the offender, and the wider community. How the media represents crime, for example in new reports, TV shows, films and games, and how this impacts on how the public perceive crime. Methods of studying and collecting data on crime. Campaigns for change in the awareness or legal situation of specific crimes.

Criminological Theories – The definition of criminal behaviour and deviance. The social construction of criminality and how our perceptions of what is criminal change over time, culture and situations. Biological theories of criminality, including the role of genes. Individualistic theories of criminality such as the role of childhood experiences. Sociological theories of criminality, including the impact of social structure and labelling. How social change and campaigns lead to changes in the law.

Crime Scene to Courtroom – The process of criminal investigations. Investigative techniques. How evidence is processed. Trial processes.

Crime and Punishment – The processes of law making and the organisation of the criminal justice system. Forms of social control. Aims of punishment. Roles, contributions and effectiveness of agencies of social control.