Introduction to Criminology

Nelson Mandela University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Criminology

  • Host University

    Nelson Mandela University

  • Location

    Port Elizabeth, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Criminology, Legal Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview


    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.


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