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.
We will use the theory of evolution to make sense of a broad range of crimes including several types of homicide, child abuse and neglect, spousal assault and group level aggression such as warfare, hooliganism, rioting, and gang fights.
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.
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 could this lead me?
If you're wondering what your future could look like in this area, here are some potential careers you could head towards.
Policing and profiling
Regulatory law enforcement
Criminal justice, prevention and corrections
Justice administration and policy
Community development & health
Legal support officer
MODULE 1: EVOLUTIONARY THEORY
MODULE 2: FAMILIES AND CRIME
MODULE 3: “STATUS” HOMICIDES
MODULE 4: WAR IN ITS NATURAL CONTEXT
This course is really intriguing . The lecturer uses an interdisciplinary approach (biology & anthropology) to reveal why infanticide, siblicide, mariticide take place, and argue why humans are somewhat innately violent.
completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
The lectures were good but I found the course a bit short with wanting more information. It was not a challenge at all, but a good course if you were just wanting to quickly learn some new information.
completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
How it is mentioned in the title, here is explained the basics of the origins of crime. The whole content was based primarely on the evolutionary theory. If you expect a full overview of all possible explanations the emergence of crimes, this class would be not enough for you, but it is perfect for beginners!
I liked a lot how the teacher was transferring content via paintings, examples and summaries at the end of each topic.
completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I really enjoyed this course. I thought at first the course would be about Cain and Abel, or possibly Jack the Ripper or even crime in the cave with cavemen and I was closest with that thought because it actually goes back to monkeys and how there is crime between the differing tribes of monkeys and amongst each other.