Free course

Introduction to critical criminology

Free statement of participation on completion

This free course, Introduction to critical criminology, provides a brief introduction to critical criminological thinking. It defines the ways in which critical criminologists take a 'critical stance' on the fundamental concepts, practices and institutions associated with crime and criminal justice systems.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • define how critical criminology differs from mainstream criminology
  • identify key features of critical criminological perspectives
  • identify the theoretical building-blocks in critical criminology
  • provide examples of the way critical criminologists think about crime ‘differently’.