Criminology Diploma

Elearn College


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Offer ends 30 September 2019
Study method
Online, self-paced
6 Months
No formal qualification
Additional info
  • Certificate of completion available and is included in the price

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The scientific method of studying crime is known as criminology. Various elements like cause, nature, consequences, responses by law enforcement and methods of prevention are included in the study. Criminology is applicable in the case of both individuals and groups. It is an interdisciplinary field and incorporates ideas and perspectives from areas like sociology, psychology and statistics.

Criminological theories have not lost their relevance even in the modern times, after more than two and a half centuries after its inception. Originally, there were three major schools in criminology: Classical, Positive and Chicago. Various modern perspectives like cultural criminology, critical criminology, postmodern criminology, feminist criminology, etc have displaced the old schools of thought.

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Even though the definition of crime may vary from one society to another, all societies aspire to protect their people from harm and punish serious criminal behaviour. The important aspects of criminology like what constitutes crime, how it is measured and what are the various kinds of criminal activities is covered during the term of the course.


Unit 1 – Defining and Measuring Crime

Unit 2 – Understanding Crime

Unit 3 – How Crime is Measured

Unit 4 – Victims

Unit 5 – Getting Violent – Crime of Force

Unit 6 – Property Crime

Unit 7 – White Collar Crimes

Unit 8 – Organized Crime and Gangs

Unit 9 – The Narcotic Trade

Unit 10 - Terrorism

Who is this course for?

The Criminology Diploma has been designed to give the learner information on the Criminal Justice system and how it works.


There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Career path

Students specialising in this field usually take up places in vocationally relevant areas such as:
Police, Probation Service, Prison Service, youth justice services, diversionary schemes
Crime Analysts in public and private sector organisations
Housing Associations and other partner agencies working with ex-offenders
Victim support organisations

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