What’s it about?
Criminologists, like scientists generally, agree that life resulted from a process of natural selection. But most do not use that information when studying what crime is and why it exists. In this course, you will learn the process of natural selection and how it can be used to make sense of criminal behaviour.
Module 1Evolutionary Theory
8 videos, 7 quizzes, 1 assessment 8 Jan – 14 Jan
Module 2Families and crime
8 videos, 7 quizzes, 1 assessment 15 Jan – 21 Jan
Module 3“Status” homicides
9 videos, 8 quizzes, 1 assessment 22 Jan – 28 Jan
Module 4War in its natural context
9 videos, 8 quizzes, 1 assessment 29 Jan – 4 Feb
What will I learn?
What natural selection is and how to predict what it will do
The definition of “biological functionality” and some of the common misconceptions about it
Some of the basic lessons we can learn about our species and crime from an understanding of Darwinian theory
Why kin murder is so rare, but the reasons it does occur
Some of the reasons infanticide and child neglect occur
The origins of jealousy and its relationship to spousal homicides
The characteristics of a “typical” homicide
Why status is so important and how it relates to aggression
War and warriorship, and examples from across the animal kingdom
How natural selection rewards warfare
How pathogens relate to war in the modern world
This course requires approximately 2 – 4 hours of study per week, but can vary depending on the student. This includes watching videos, and taking quizzes and assessments. The total video time for this course is approximately 3 hours 7 minutes.
If you pass this course you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement. While this certificate isn’t a formal qualification or credit, you can use it to demonstrate your interest in learning about this area to potential employers or educational institutions.
Where to from here?
If you love this course, why not take your studies further? Here are some accredited qualifications that could help you achieve your goals.