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VISUALLY IMPRESSIVE, ACADEMICALLY RIGOROUS ON-DEMAND LEARNING EXPERIENCES

VISUALLY IMPRESSIVE, ACADEMICALLY RIGOROUS ON-DEMAND LEARNING EXPEREINCES.

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COURSE OVERVIEW

COURSE in detail

FEATURES (FOUNDATION)

The Foundation version of the course includes the following features:

lifetime access
to the course

Watch and re-watch the lectures as many times as you want with unlimited, lifetime access to all resources

ten 4khd on-demand
video lectures

Pre-recorded and delivered by the UK's leading public criminologist, Emeritus Professor David Wilson

two-hour interview with noel 'razor' smith

The UK's former most prolific bank robber and now best-selling author - an opportunity to apply criminological theory to a real-life case study

interactive resources
and activities

Designed to test your knowledge and help you develop your understanding of criminology

Certificate of completion

Receive a Certificate of Completion to acknowledge your completion of the course.

FEATURES (PREMIUM)

The premium version of the course includes all Foundation features plus:

Accompanying digital workbook

Provides additional information, learning objectives and further timestamped resources and reading

six 'behind the scenes' bonus episodes

Exclusive access to behind the scenes content to consolidate your learning and encourage reflexivity

Supplementary on-demand video seminars

Featuring discussions between Professor David Wilson and two of his former PhD students, Dr Dan Rusu and Dr Liam Brolan

Theoretical 'Deep dive' podcast episodes

Drawing from up-to-date research, these 'Deep Dive' podcasts explore key criminological theory in more detail

Access to the
members-only community

Engage in discussion with students across the world who are studying An Introduction to Criminology

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Choose from one of our enrolment options and enter the fascinating world of criminology...

FOUNDATION - £49.99

PREMIUM - £99.99

ABOUT PROFESSOR
DAVD WILSON

In a career spanning 40 years, Professor David Wilson has worked with a range of violent men, often who have committed murder, sometimes even serial murder. He is the author of more than 25 books and often appears in both the print and broadcast media as a presenter and commentator. In recognition of his outstanding contribution to education, Professor David Wilson received a National Teaching Fellowship in 2012 and more recently, his documentary “An Interview with a Murderer” received a prestigious National Television Award.

your lecture schedule
(Foundation/Premium)

Enrol on either the Foundation or Premium version of the course and gain access to the following lectures

introduction

This introductory lecture provides an opportunity for you to learn more about Professor David Wilson and offers both context and direction to the remainder of the course

lecture one - what is criminology?

This lecture provides an overview of criminology, examining the evolving nature of crime, different theoretical perspectives, and dispelling misconceptions about the field. It emphasises the multidisciplinary approach and societal impact of criminology

LECTURE two - classicism

This lecture explores the first of the two main theoretical paradigms of criminology, Classicism. It discusses Classicism's emphasis on free will, individual responsibility, and deterrence, questioning its validity in modern times and considering the impact of individual circumstances on decision making

LECTURE three - positivism

This lecture explores the second of the two main theoretical paradigms of criminology, Positivism. It shifts the focus from individual free will to the various forces that may influence individuals to commit crime. It considers biology, psychology and society as factors influencing criminal behaviour, thus emphasising determinism

LECTURE four - an interview
with noel 'razor' smith

In this two-hour extended lecture, Professor David Wilson interviews Noel 'Razor' Smith, Britain's former most prolific bank robber and now Sunday Times best selling author. Conducted at the Exchange Birmingham (former municipal bank), the interview provides an insight into Noel's upbringing, his journey into crime, his time in prison and his desistance since being released. This lecture provides an opportunity for students to apply criminological theory to a real-life case study

LECTURE five - the
criminal justice system

This lecture unveils the complexities of the criminal justice system and its main agencies. It delves into the contrasting models of 'Due Process' and 'Crime Control', exploring the impact of each approach on victims, defendants and society. It also highlights the ongoing debates surrounding privatisation and rehabilitation

LECTURE six - how much crime is there?

This lecture addresses the ongoing question: is crime increasing or decreasing? It draws attention to the issues associated with crime statistics whilst highlighting the existence of the 'Dark Figure of Crime'

LECTURE seven - why
do we punish?

This lecture explores the principal criminological justifications of punishment: incapacitation, deterrence, rehabilitation and retribution. It aims to challenge common perceptions about the prison system and its effectiveness and raises important questions about how society should respond to those who commit crime.

LECTURE eight - crime
and the media

This lecture addresses the influence of media on public crime perception. It explores the portrayal of offenders, victims and introduces the criminological concepts of the 'ideal victim' and 'newsworthiness'. It delves into the commodification of crime for entertainment purposes

conclusion

This concluding lecture provides a concise summary of the course, highlights key learning points and invites students to reflect on the subject of criminology

FOUNDATION - £49.99

ADDITIONAL LEARNING CONTENT (PREMIUM)

Enrol on the Premium version of the course and gain access to the following additional materials:

SIX 'BEHIND THE SCENES' EpisoDES

With additional content from Professor David Wilson to guide and
enhance your learning

Episode one:
studying criminology

Episode two:
preparing for the interview 

Episode three:
reflecting on the interview 

Episode four:
Journey to the prison

episode five:
next steps

episode six:
course reflections

90-minute virtual
'seminar' discussion

Join a pre-recorded virtual seminar discussion between Professor David Wilson and two of his former PhD students, Dr Dan Rusu and Dr Liam Brolan

part one: criminological conversations

part two - beyond the basics

two criminological
'deep dive' podcasts

deep dive one: classicism

This Deep Dive podcast provides a comprehensive discussion of Classicism in criminology and its role in contemporary society. Drawing from up-to-date research, this podcast explores the role of free will in committing crime and potential crime prevention strategies

Deep dive two: positivism

This Deep Dive podcast provides a more comprehensive discussion of Positivism in criminology. Drawing from up-to-date research, this podcast explores the influence of biology, psychology and society on criminal behaviour

digital course workbook

The accompanying digital workbook acts as a valuable tool for reinforcing knowledge and opens up new avenues for further study. The workbook features a chapter for each lecture and includes a summary, learning objective, reflective questions and activities. The timestamped resources provide you with easy access to additional reading materials to further your criminological knowledge. Available to download as a PDF

START LEARNING TODAY

Choose from one of our enrolment options and enter the fascinating world of criminology...

FOUNDATION - £49.99

PREMIUM - £99.99

WATCH THE OFFICIAL COURSE TRAILER

COURSE OVERVIEW

FEATURE

FOUNDATION

PREMIUM

LIFETIME ACCESS
TO THE COURSE

Watch and re-watch the lectures as many time as you want with unlimited lifetime access to all resources

TEN 4KHD
ON-DEMAND
VIDEO LECTURES

Delivered by the UK’s leading public criminologist, Professor David Wilson

TWO-HOUR INTERVIEW WITH NOEL
'RAZOR' SMITH

The country’s former most prolific bank robber and now best selling author - an opportunity to apply criminological theory to a real-life case study

INTERACTIVE RESOURCES AND ACTIVITIES

Designed to test your knowledge and help you develop your understanding of criminology

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION

Receive a Certificate of Completion to acknowledge your completion of the course

ACCOMPANYING DIGITAL WORKBOOK

Provides additional information, learning objectives and further timestamped resources and reading

SIX ‘BEHIND
THE SCENES’
BONUS EPISODES

Exclusive access to behind the scenes content to consolidate learning and encourage reflexivity

SUPPLEMENTARY ON-DEMAND VIDEO ‘SEMINARS’

Featuring discussions between Professor David Wilson and two of his former PhD students

THEORETICAL
'DEEP DIVE'PODCASTS

Drawing from up-to-date research, these 'Deep Dive' podcasts explore key criminological theory in more detail

ACCESS TO
THE MEMBERS-
ONLY COURSE COMMUNITY

Engage in discussion with students all around the world who are studying this course

START LEARNING TODAY

£49.99

£99.99

ABOUT PROFESSOR David Wilson

In a career spanning 40 years, Professor David Wilson has worked with a range of violent men, often men who have committed murder, sometimes even serial murder. He is the author of more than 25 books and often appears in both the print and broadcast media as a presenter and commentator. In recognition of his outstanding contribution to education, Professor David Wilson received a National Teaching Fellowship in 2012 and more recently, his documentary
“An Interview with a Murderer” received a prestigious National Television Award.

LECTURE SCHEDULE (FOUNDATION/PREMIUM)

Enrol on either the Foundation or Premium version of the course and gain access to the following lectures

introduction

This introductory lecture provides an opportunity for you to learn more about Professor David Wilson and offers both context and direction to the remainder of the course. 

LECTURE ONE - WHAT IS CRIMINOLOGY?

This lecture provides an overview of criminology, examining the evolving nature of crime, different theoretical perspectives, and dispelling misconceptions about the field. It emphasises the multidisciplinary approach and societal impact of criminology. 

LECTURE two - classicism

This lecture explores the first of the two main theoretical paradigms of criminology, Classicism. It discusses Classicism's emphasis on free will, individual responsibility, and deterrence, questioning its validity in modern times and considering the impact of individual circumstances on decision making. 

LECTURE three - positivism

This lecture explore the second of the two main theoretical paradigms of criminology, Positivism. It shifts the focus from individual free will to the various forces that may influence individuals to commit crime. It considers biology, psychology and society as factors influencing criminal behaviour, thus emphasising determinism.  

LECTURE four - an interview with noel 'razor' smith

In this two-hour extended lecture, Professor David Wilson interviews Noel 'Razor' Smith, Britain's former most prolific bank robber and now Sunday Times best selling author.  Conducted at the Exchange Birmingham (former municipal bank), the interview provides an insight into Noel's upbringing, his journey into crime, his time in prison and his desistance since being released. This lecture provides an opportunity for students to apply criminological theory to a real-life case study.  

LECTURE five - the criminal justice system

This lecture unveils the complexities of the criminal justice system and its main agencies. It delves into the contrasting models of 'Due Process' and 'Crime Control', exploring the impact of each approach on victims, defendants and society. It also highlights the ongoing debates surrounding privatisation and rehabilitation.

LECTURE six - how much crime is there?

This lecture addresses the ongoing question: is crime increasing or decreasing?  It draws attention to the issues associated with crime statistics whilst highlighting the existence of the 'Dark Figure of Crime'. 

LECTURE seven - why do we punish?

This lecture explores the principal criminological justifications of punishment: incapacitation, deterrence, rehabilitation and retribution. It aims to challenge common perceptions about the prison system and its effectiveness and raises important questions about how society should respond to those who commit crime.

LECTURE eight - crime and the media

This lecture addresses the influence of media on public crime perception.  It explores the portrayal of offenders, victims and introduces the criminological concepts of the 'ideal victim' and 'newsworthiness'. It examines the commodification of crime for entertainment purposes. 

conclusion

This concluding lecture provides a concise summary of the course, highlights key learning points and invites students to reflect on the subject of criminology.  

START LEARNING TODAY

Foundation
£49.99

PREMIUM
£99.99

ADDITIONAL LEARNING CONTENT (PREMIUM)

Enrol on the Premium version of the course and gain access to the following additional materials:

SIX 'BEHIND THE SCENES' EPSIODES

EPISODE ONE: STUDYING CRIMINOLOGY

EPISODE TWO: PREPARING FOR THE INTERVIEW WITH NOEL SMITH

EPISODE THREe: REFLECTION ON THE INTERVIEW WITH NOEL SMITH

EPISODE FOUR: tHE journey
TO THE PRISON

EPISODE FIVE: NEXT STEPS

EPISODE SIX: COURSE REFLECTIONS

90-MINUTE VIRTUAL 'SEMINAR DISCUSSION'

Join a pre-recorded virtual seminar discussion between Professor David Wilson and two of his former PhD students, Dr Dan Rusu and Dr Liam Brolan

PART ONE - CRIMINOLOGICAL CONVERSATIONS

PART TWO - BEYOND THE BASICS

TWO CRIMINOLOGICAL 'DEEP DIVE' PODCASTS

DEEP DIVE ONE - CLASSICISM

This Deep Dive podcast provides a comprehensive discussion of Classicism in criminology and its role in contemporary society.  Drawing from up-to-date research, this podcast explores the role of free will in committing crime and potential crime prevention strategies 

DEEP DIVE TWO - POSITIVISM

This Deep Dive podcast provides a more comprehensive discussion of Positivism in criminology. Drawing from up-to-date research, this podcast explores the influence of biology, psychology and society on criminal behaviour

DIGITAL COURSE WORKBOOK

The accompanying digital workbook acts as a valuable tool for reinforcing knowledge and opens up new avenues for further study. The workbook features a chapter for each lecture and includes a summary, learning objective, reflective questions and activities. The timestamped resources provide you with easy access to additional reading materials to further your criminological knowledge. Available to download as a PDF.

START LEARNING TODAY

Foundation
£49.99

PREMIUM
£99.99

Course reviews

Here’s what our current students have to say about An Introduction to Criminology with Professor David Wilson

This course sparked my interest in criminology again! I have just completed the course and have already found myself looking for further courses. Please hurry and bring out the next one!

*****
Becs

This course is so in depth and really fascinating.
The interview with Noel 'Razor' Smith really gets you thinking about the different theories of crime and makes you re-think whether our Criminal Justice System really works. The workbook is great with so many links and signposting to further reading to go into greater depth.

*****
Charlotte

This course is so in depth and really fascinating.
The interview with Noel 'Razor' Smith really gets you thinking about the different theories of crime and makes you re-think whether our Criminal Justice System really works. The workbook is great with so many links and signposting to further reading to go into greater depth.

*****
Kirsten

An eye-opening start into the world of criminology. If you are wondering if the subject is for you and the world around you I would recommend this course wholeheartedly. 

*****
Martin

I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It gave me a good overview of criminology and what areas are involved. The course has a good variety of learning styles to keep you motivated and the activities in the workbook help you to reflect on what you have learned and to do further learning of your own. The interview with Noel Smith was particularly informative, interesting and thought-provoking. I would recommend this course for anyone interested in criminology as a good starting point where you will be encouraged to consider things you had not thought about before. 

*****
Louise

I am currently studying for a Masters in Forensic Psychology and at the time of applying I was torn between that course or Criminology. I went to one of Professor Wilson's talks during his recent UK tour and as I enjoyed his talk, his books and television work. I decided to study this online course to see if I had made the right decision. I found the online course engaging, giving just enough information about criminology without it being too overwhelming. With a combination of ADHD and Dyspraxia I particularly found studying the course at my own pace really helpful, replaying videos and retaking the quizzes too helped me to absorb what was being taught. For anyone interested in criminology I would highly recommend they enrol on An Introduction to Criminology with Professor David Wilson. You never know I might end up taking on a course once I've completed my Masters!

*****
Dawn

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who is the course for?

The course has been designed to cater for individuals at different stages of their journey into criminology and for those with an interest in true crime. The video content is presented in an accessible and entertaining way making the course suitable for people who are new to the subject. The digital workbook which accompanies the full version of the course acts as a valuable tool for reinforcing knowledge and opens up new avenues for further study. In addition to the above current and prospective criminology students as well as Criminal Justice Practitioners will find value in the course's comprehensive deep-dives and the up-to-date research presented in the course workbook (full version only). 

does the course give me access to professor david wilson?

All lectures are pre-recorded, rather than live for your convenience, allowing you to access them at your own pace. After enrolment you will be notified of any upcoming webinars with Professor David Wilson. All course related enquires should be directed to contact@ecademi.co.uk

how long is the course?

The 10 lectures, combined with the six behind the scenes episodes and two deep dive podcasts total approximately 10 hours in length (included in the premium version).  We recommend making use of the time-stamped resources which are found in the accompanying digital workbook to expand and consolidate your learning as your progress through the visual and audio content at your own pace. We also encourage you to engage with the Ecademi online criminology community after you have completed each lecture. 

is the course accredited?

Upon completion of the course, you will receive a digital certificate that signifies your achievement. The course is currently being considered for CPD accreditation. After CPD accreditation has been granted, the price of enrolment is likely to increase. However, if you enrol now, you can take advantage of a lower enrolment price. If the course is accepted, you will be able to re-enrol (at no extra cost), and gain the accompanying CPD points. 

Can I access the course on multiple devices?

You can access the course on multiple devices including desktops, laptops and mobile/tablet devices. You can only access the course on one device at a time. For the best experience, we recommend using a desktop or laptop device.   

How can I contact ecademi?

If you have a course related question or a general enquiry, you can contact us using the following email address: contact@ecademi.co.uk.

What does Lifetime access mean?

Lifetime access means that you can access the course materials and resources indefinitely.  Whether you need to review criminological theory, gather ideas for an essay or explore recommended reading, you can always refer back to the course at any time in the future.  

Are subtitles available?

Yes. All of the video content included within the course feature subtitles in English. 

wHAT ARE THERE PAYMENT OPTIONS? 

You can either pay the full price of enrolment upfront or you can take advantage of our interest-free payment plan, which splits the cost of enrolment into three smaller monthly payments. 

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frequently asked questions

who is the course for?

The course has been designed to cater for individuals at different stages of their journey into criminology and for those with an interest in true crime. The video content is presented in an accessible and entertaining way making the course suitable for people who are new to the subject. The accompanying digital workbook acts as a valuable tool for reinforcing knowledge and opens up new avenues for further study. In addition to the above current and prospective criminology students as well as Criminal Justice Practitioners will find value in the comprehensive deep-dives and the up-to-date research presented in the course workbook

does the course give me access to professor
david wilson?

All lectures are pre-recorded, rather than live for your convenience, allowing you to access them at your own pace. After enrolment you will be notified of any upcoming webinars with Professor David Wilson. All course related enquires should be directed to contact@ecademi.co.uk

how long is the course?

The 10 lectures, combined with the six behind the scenes episodes and two deep dive podcasts total approximately 10 hours in length. We recommend making use of the time-stamped resources which are found in the accompanying digital workbook to expand and consolidate your learning as your progress through the visual and audio content at your own pace. We also encourage you to engage with the Ecademi online community after you have completed each lecture

is the course accredited?

Upon completion of the course, you will receive a digital certificate that signifies your achievement. The course is currently being considered for CPD accreditation. After CPD accreditation has been granted, the price of enrolment is likely to increase. However, if you enrol now, you can take advantage of a lower enrolment price. If the course is accepted, you will be able to re-enrol (at no extra cost), and gain the accompanying CPD points

Can I access the course on multiple devices?

You can access the course on multiple devices including desktops, laptops and mobile/tablet devices. You can only access the course on one device at a time. For the best experience, we recommend using a desktop or laptop

What does Lifetime
access mean?

Lifetime access means that you can access the course materials and resources indefinitely. Whether you need to review criminological theory, gather ideas for an essay or explore recommended reading, you can always refer back to the course at any time in the future

Are subtitles available?

Yes. All of the video content included within the course feature subtitles in English. More languages will be added

wHAT ARE THERE
PAYMENT OPTIONS?

You can either pay the full price of enrolment upfront or you can take advantage of our interest-free payment plan, which splits the cost of enrolment into three smaller monthly payments. Regardless of whether you pay upfront or in instalments, you will be able to access the entire course immediately.

How can I contact ecademi?

If you have a course related question or a general enquiry, you can contact us using the following email address: contact@ecademi.co.uk

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