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This course, Critical criminology and the social sciences, will provide you with an insight into some of the main disciplines within the social sciences, focusing in particular on critical criminology.

It will begin by outlining some of the defining characteristics of the social science disciplines of psychology, law, sociology and critical criminology. Using the global financial crisis of 2007-8 as a case study, the course will then provide you with an insight into how academics working in some of these different disciplinary backgrounds make sense of a similar topic in different ways. The course will conclude by considering the place of critical criminology within the social sciences.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • Outline the scope and nature of some of the key disciplines in the social sciences
  • Identify the core features of critical criminology
  • Explain how aspects of the social world might be explored from different disciplinary perspectives
  • Understand how critical criminology relates to other social sciences.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction 00:10:00
  • Learning outcomes 00:07:00
    • Introducing the social sciences 00:10:00
    • Psychology 00:07:00
    • Law 00:07:00
    • Sociology 00:10:00
    • Criminology 00:07:00
    • Other disciplines in the social sciences 00:10:00
    • Introducing critical criminology 00:07:00
    • What does it mean to be critical? 00:15:00
    • The scope of critical criminology 00:10:00
    • Key features of critical criminology 00:15:00
    • Sonae: an archetypal case study for critical criminologists 00:15:00
    • Exploring the 2008 global financial crisis from different disciplinary perspectives 00:07:00
    • A psychological perspective on the global financial crisis 00:07:00
    • A legal perspective on the global financial crisis 00:07:00
    • A sociological perspective on the global financial crisis 00:10:00
    • A critical criminological perspective on the global financial crisis 00:10:00
    • Conclusion 00:10:00

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