Introduction to Criminology: Explaining Crime | Margit Averdijk, Ph.D. | Skillshare

Introduction to Criminology: Explaining Crime

Margit Averdijk, Ph.D., Criminologist

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48 Lessons (2h 37m)
    • 1. Course Trailer

      1:45
    • 2. 1.1 Introduction

      2:02
    • 3. 1.2 What is Criminology?

      4:32
    • 4. 1.3 About Me

      1:20
    • 5. 1.4 Course Assignment

      1:25
    • 6. 1.5 Course Program

      3:56
    • 7. 1.6 Summing Up

      0:24
    • 8. 2.1 The Body and Crime

      2:51
    • 9. 2.2 VIDEO: Example: Is crime heritable?

      1:45
    • 10. 2.3 The Brain, Heart, and Hormones

      2:51
    • 11. 2.4 VIDEO: Example: Can Exposure To Lead Increase Crime?

      2:34
    • 12. 2.5 Summing Up

      0:30
    • 13. 3.1 Personality, Plus EXERCISE

      5:31
    • 14. 3.2 VIDEO: Example: “Types of People” and Crime

      3:10
    • 15. 3.3 Mental Disorders and Crime

      4:00
    • 16. 3.4 VIDEO: Case Study of Psychopathy and Aileen Wuornos

      7:05
    • 17. 3.5 Summing Up

      0:18
    • 18. 4.1 "The Calculating Criminal", Plus EXERCISE

      8:38
    • 19. 4.2 VIDEO: Example - Can Police Activities Reduce Crime?

      3:08
    • 20. 4.3 Rational Choice and Routine Activities

      4:37
    • 21. 4.4 VIDEO: Example: How Do Burglars Choose Their Targets?

      3:16
    • 22. 4.5 Summing Up

      0:33
    • 23. 5.1 Crime as Learned Behavior

      6:27
    • 24. 5.2 VIDEO: Case Study of the Rwandan Genocide

      5:32
    • 25. 5.3 “It’s Not That Bad”: Neutralizations for Crime

      5:17
    • 26. 5.4 VIDEO: Example: How Men and Women Neutralize Their White Collar Crimes

      3:50
    • 27. 5.5 Summing Up

      0:48
    • 28. 6.1 Believing in Social Bonds

      4:02
    • 29. 6.2 VIDEO: Example: Can Offenders Turn Their Life Around? Age-Graded Social Control

      3:59
    • 30. 6.3 Self-Control and Crime

      3:21
    • 31. 6.4 VIDEO: Example: How A Facebook Friend Can Help Reduce Crime

      3:24
    • 32. 6.5 Summing Up

      1:00
    • 33. 7.1 Labeling: We Are What Others Think We Are

      3:40
    • 34. 7.2 VIDEO: Example: On Hippies and Marihuana

      2:35
    • 35. 7.3 Repairing The Damage: Reintegrative Shaming and Restorative Justice

      4:45
    • 36. 7.4 VIDEO: Case Study of a 12-Year-Old Girl and Family Group Conferencing

      5:50
    • 37. 7.5 Summing Up

      0:39
    • 38. 8.1 Crime In The Neighborhood: Social Disorganization

      6:29
    • 39. 8.2 VIDEO: Example: Does Litter Cause Crime? Plus EXERCISE

      3:39
    • 40. 8.3 Designing Out Crime

      7:30
    • 41. 8.4 EXERCISE: How Secure Is Your Home?

      2:11
    • 42. 8.5 Summing Up

      0:32
    • 43. 9.1 Strains and How They Can Lead to Crime

      3:10
    • 44. 9.2 VIDEO: Case Study of Gangs in Medellin, Colombia

      3:20
    • 45. 9.3 Anger, Negative Emotions, And Crime – General Strain Theory

      2:13
    • 46. 9.4 VIDEO: Strain and Anger in Asia

      4:26
    • 47. 9.5 Summing Up

      0:45
    • 48. 10.1 Conclusion

      1:00

About This Class

Have you ever wondered why some people commit crime? Do you want to better understand criminology and provide expert insights in discussions about crime?

If that is the case, this course is for you. In this criminology course – the first of its kind on Udemy – I will give you a full introduction to the ins and outs of explaining crime.

You’ll Learn the full Spectrum of Criminology

Every day, we are confronted with real crime stories in the newspaper, on TV, and online. This course will go beyond the quick soundbites and headlines of news stories and help you understand the backgrounds of criminal behavior.

In this course, we’ll cover several core domains of criminology:

-          The Psychology of Criminal Minds – How can the mind contribute to crime?

-          The Body and Crime – How do biological factors (e.g., genes, the brain) come into play when it comes to criminal behavior?

-          Decision-Making – How and why do people choose to commit crime?

-          Social Influence – How do the people and the places around us influence our criminal behavior?

Every topic is covered with comprehensive videos and slide presentations. You will also get examples of major studies, a course assignment, thought exercises, and case studies. At the end of each section, you can test your newly gained knowledge in a short quiz.

This course is based on a university curriculum. But instead of having to show up in a lecture room, reading a full textbook, and paying college tuition, you can enroll in this course in your own time and at your own convenience.

Your Instructor is an Expert

I have designed this course to provide you with the best learning experience possible. I am an experienced criminologist with a Ph.D. and have done research, teaching, and public speaking for more than ten years now. I’m friendly and approachable and you’re more than welcome to ask me any questions that you may have as you go through the course.

You’ll Transform the Way You Understand Crime

After completing this course, you will never look at crime and criminal behavior in the same way. You’ll be able to analyze crime, understand the backgrounds of criminal behavior, and inject everyday discussions with new insights into how crimes comes about.

This course is NOT for people who are seeking a lengthy, detailed treatment of criminological theory. Instead, I will give you a clear and concise overview of explanations for crime with lots of examples.