Introduction to Criminology
Nelson Mandela University
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Area of Study
Criminology, Legal Studies
Taught In English
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Host University Units12
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits0
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units1
Hours & Credits
This module will prepare students to acquire an informed understanding of the basic concepts in criminology.
After completion of this module learners will be able to:
- recognize and list the major sources of data on crime trends and patterns;
- explain the historical evolution of criminological theory;
- discuss the causes of traditional and non-traditional criminal behaviour;
- assess the relative utility of various explanations of the causes of crime;
- explain the role of criminological theory as a social science;
- explain emerging, critical, and global versions of criminology.
- Crime data and crime measurement.
- Criminological theories e.g. rational choice and anthropological influences.
- Causes of criminal behaviour including mental deficiency, biology, moral development, psychopathy, personality disorders, poverty.
- The role of criminological theory as a social science.
- Emerging, critical, and global versions of criminology.