Course Introduction

FCC 12 : Victimology and Criminology

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  • Curriculum
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Course Start Date        : 2nd Dec 2024

Last Date to Register : 25th Nov 2024

Criminology involves studying criminals, what and why they do, and the workings of the criminal justice system. And victimology studies the effect of crime on victims and the reasons behind their being targeted. The online Criminology & Victimology Foundation Certificate Course by Sherlock Institute of Forensic Science (SIFS India) equips you with skills to study crime and its impact on individuals and society. This program is perfect for those who are passionate about understanding the details of criminal behavior and providing support to those affected by it.

The course spans over a month and is led by expert instructors and seasoned professionals in criminology and victimology. You will explore topics like criminal profiling, types of crimes and criminals, cyber crime, crime prevention, the workings of the judicial system, steps to carry out criminal investigations,  crime trends, the juvenile justice system, causes of crime, criminal psychology, victimology theories, victim support services, victim rights, and developing strategies to support victims and prevent future victimization.

This program can open doors to careers in victim advocacy, law enforcement, criminal justice, or social services for both first-time learners and those looking to upgrade their current portfolio. With your ability to understand the complexities of crime and its impact on individuals, you will be well-prepared to make a meaningful impact on society.

Become Proficient to Answer:

- What is the nature and scope of criminology, and how does it relate to other Social Sciences?

- What were the pre-classical ideas about crime, particularly the concept of demonology?

- How did classical, neoclassical, and sociological theories contribute to the development of criminology?

- What is the nature of crime in modern society, and what are the causal factors behind criminal behavior?

- How do we classify crime and criminals, and how does society perceive and address social issues, deviance, and crime?

- What are the different categories of crimes, including crimes of violence, property crime, crimes of the powerful, public order crimes, and cybercrime?

- How does the legislative process influence the criminal justice system, and what is the importance of the judicial system in modern society?

- What are the elements of criminal liability and the principles of group liability?

- How are offenses against a person and property defined under the Indian Penal Code?

- What is the juvenile justice system, and how does it differentiate between children in need of care and protection and children in conflict with the law?

- How do psychological and psychoanalytical approaches contribute to our understanding of criminal behavior?

- What are the meaning, objectives, and philosophy of punishment and recent approaches to punishment?

- What are the key theories of victimology, and how do they explain victimization?

- How does victim blaming impact the criminal justice system, and what is the significance of victim impact in legal proceedings?

- What post-prosecutorial services are available in cases of child abuse, and how do they support recovery and justice for victims?

Learning Outcomes:

Criminological Knowledge: You will gain an understanding of crime theories, criminal behavior patterns, factors contributing to criminal activities, and criminal profiling methods.

Victimology Expertise: You will acquire skills to understand the concept of victimization and its social impact, victim support services, and ways to assist and empower victims.

Crime Prevention Strategies: You will acquire practical skills to prevent the occurrence of crime, analyze crime trends, implement crime prevention measures, and work to establish safer communities.

Criminal Justice System Overview: You will gain insights into the workings of the criminal justice system and the challenges involved during the legal process.

Ethical and Empathetic Practice: You will gain knowledge to follow a compassionate approach while dealing with victims as a legal advisor or social service provider.

Course Details:


National: 1770 INR (1500 INR + 18% GST)

International: 50 USD 


1 Month


12th Passed

Session Timing

From 6 to 7 PM IST  | Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Payment Details:

International Student : PayPal:

Account Details for National Student

Bank Name  - ICICI BANK
Acc. Name    - SIFS INDIA PVT. LTD.
Account No. - 663505500086
Type         - Current
IFSC Code    -   ICIC0000160
Address         - ICICI Bank, H-4, Model Town -III, New Delhi - 110009

  • Curriculum


    This module introduces you to the nature and scope of criminology, its interdisciplinary nature, and its connections with other social sciences like sociology, psychology, and law. It highlights the role of criminology in understanding and addressing different types of criminal behavior and social issues. You will also learn the commonly used research methods in criminology, including both qualitative and quantitative approaches, to assist law enforcement bodies during investigations and to analyze criminal occurrences.


    In this module, you will explore the historical development of criminological theories and pre-classical ideas rooted in demonology (associating criminal behavior with supernatural forces). This module also focuses on Jeremy Bentham and Cesare Beccaria's ideas, like rationality and deterrence, to understand and prevent criminal behavior. You will also learn neoclassical theories, positivism in criminology, sociological theories, and radical criminology, including its scope and usage in modern criminological studies.


    This module provides insights about the nature of crime, causal factors contributing to criminal behavior, difficulties that drive people to commit illegal activities. You will also learn about methodologies implemented for collecting crime statistics to understand crime trends in India and abroad. The module concludes with knowledge of how crimes are defined under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and by local and special legislation required for addressing criminal offenses.


    This module begins by differentiating between sin, tort, and crime, along with examining the relationship between social issues, deviant behavior, and criminal acts and their influence on one another. You will also learn about criminal tribes and their historical significance in the context of crime. It also highlights the classification of crime based on different standards and criminals’ categorization as per their characteristics and motives.


    In this module, you will gain insights about different crime categories: crimes of violence (physical harm or threat), property crimes (unlawful activities related to the theft or damage of property), and crimes of the powerful (crime committed by individuals in lieu of their authority and influence). The module also covers public-order crimes that mess up societal norms. Finally, the module concludes with insights about cyber crime resulting from the misuse of digital technology and networks.


    You will gain an in-depth understanding of the various components of the criminal justice system, the role of the legislative process in forming laws and policies related to criminal justice, the social relevance of the criminal justice system, the police system, the judicial system, key players involved (presiding officer, prosecutor, and defense counsel), the prosecution system, and the prison system, as well as the significant features of the Indian judicial system, like principles of independence, public trials, and fairness. It also covers fundamental elements like the use of technology and citizens' rights during the investigative phase, speedy trials, and access to justice.


    This module covers the elements of criminal liability, the principles of group liability (holding individuals responsible for criminal actions of a group), specific offenses against persons (homicide, kidnapping, abduction, and rape under the Indian Penal Code), and property offences. You will also gain insights about the overview of criminal trials within the legal system, the criminal investigation and prosecution process to gather evidence, and the relevancy of evidence law in criminal cases.


    This module focuses on the juvenile justice system (dealing with children who need care and protection) and children in conflict with the law. It also covers intervention strategies like restoration and repatriation of children, aftercare, adoption, foster care, and sponsorship programs. You will also learn about challenges encountered while reintegrating children into society and approaches to child welfare within the legal system.


    In this module, you will learn different approaches to understanding criminal behavior (psychological and psycho-analytical perspectives), factors influencing criminal psychology, personality trait assessment, and the use of psychometric tests. This module also highlights the importance and role of forensic psychology in criminal investigations, along with its applications within the context of prisons and courts.


    In this module, the meaning, objectives, and philosophy of punishment in the criminal justice system, guidelines and principles related to prison administration (prison adulates), and theories of punishment and their role in shaping penal policies are explored. You will also learn about recent approaches to punishment, modern perspectives on rehabilitation and restorative justice, and the correctional procedures and rules to manage offenders within correctional facilities to facilitate offender rehabilitation.


    In this module, you will learn victimology theories, trauma reactions experienced by victims, and ways to understand and address victims’ psychological needs, like providing help, hope, and healing. You will also study forms of victimization, like sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence, and physical assaults. The module also covers the concept of shelter services, like the Sexual Assault and Abuse Free Environment (SAAFE House), and the know-how of the impact of victimization on individuals and communities.


    This module focuses on victim blaming issues and the need to recognize and overcome them; the lasting impact of victimization on individuals and communities (emotional, psychological, and societal consequences); and the relationship between the police and victims. You will also learn about prosecution, the rights of victims and defendants, hate and bias crimes in the criminal justice system, and the need for specialized approaches along with victim/offender reconciliation programs to promote restorative justice.


    In this module, you will gain insights about post-prosecutorial services in child abuse cases, recovery and justice for child abuse victims, financial recovery, restorative justice principles, and taking up victim services as a profession. This module also covers how these elements contribute during restoration phase of survivors of child abuse beyond the legal process and highlights growing demand for specialized victim service professionals.

  • What steps should I follow to enroll for this foundation certificate course?

    To enroll, click on the “Register for Course” option available on the right side of the screen, followed by the provided instructions and payment procedure.

  • Who is eligible to enroll in this foundation certificate course?

    12th (of any stream) pass or any graduate student can enroll in the foundation certificate course.

  • How will I receive confirmation once I have completed the payment procedure?

    Admission Confirmation email will be sent to your registered email ID once the payment is verified.

  • Are there any prerequisites for this foundation certificate course?

    In case of any prerequisites provided by the resource person, we will provide the students with prior information on their WhatsApp group.

  • Are there any live lectures provided in this foundation certificate course?

    Yes, live lectures will be conducted through Zoom.

  • How will I receive the session joining link?

    Enrolled students will receive the session joining link via WhatsApp group.

  • What will be the duration of the lecture?

    The duration of each lecture will be 1 hour and 15 minutes of discussion.

  • Will I get the recorded lectures?

    Yes, recorded lectures will be provided through your portal.

  • Can the study materials be accessed at any time?

    All the course material will be available on the portal. Hence, you can access it 24/7 and study at your own pace.

  • What are the benefits of completing this foundation certificate course?

    Completing the Online Foundation Certificate Course will equip you with the essential knowledge and skills required for entry-level positions. It can also serve as a strong foundation for further education or career advancement in forensic science.

  • Is there a certificate awarded upon completion of the foundation certificate course?

    Yes, upon successful completion of the foundation certificate course, you will receive an eCertificate, which can be a valuable addition to your resume and may enhance your career prospects in the field.

  • Where to contact in case of any queries?

    Write to us at, call: +91-1147074263, or WhatsApp: +91-7303913002.  

  • Is a refund available after payment and registration?

    Kindly go through the syllabus and curriculum of the course carefully. No refund is possible once the payment is made.

Elsa Sexual Abuse Case Study

12-year-old Elsa suffered sexual abuse by a young family friend. She, along with her mother, came to the Journey After Child Abuse Team.

Such crimes often haunt the victim’s thoughts, causing never-ending pain. The team is well trained to handle such cases and offer help at any point in life, no matter when the crime took places.

After the incident, Elsa was unhappy. Her daily life got disturbed, and she was not able to sleep properly and often had nightmares. She never behaved normally after that incident. She became quite aggressive, found it difficult to concentrate on studies, was worried all the time, and sometimes felt like committing suicide.

Then one day her mother took her to JACAT for a meeting. The team asked her mom to leave meetings every time and only come towards the end.

The therapist explained to the mother that a lot of scary memories are stored in her daughter’s mind and frequently pop up unexpectedly, making Elsa unhappy.

The therapist chalked out several strategies, like learning to relax, for Elsa. She decided to give them a try and found them quite helpful. She also learned not to try to curb thoughts that come to her mind. But understand them and how they made her feel about the trauma she suffered. Though she did not like this part of the therapy much.

With time, she became comfortable with her therapist and talked about all that happened to her, but it was a bit hard for her.

The team was extremely helpful and supportive, and it took around four months of weekly meetings. By this time, Elsa had overcome her fear, did not get nightmares, and memories of unpleasant moments did not pop up when she was busy doing other stuff like studying or playing.

She no longer wanted to end her life and started enjoying every bit of it again.

Note: This is only a glimpse of one of a few case studies that we might cover. All case studies are subject to change as per current trends and developments, except a few famous ones from the past.

Sahil Agarwal


The course content was comprehensive, well-structured, and easy to follow. The instructors were knowledgeable and always available to answer questions. Highly recommended!

Arijit Choudhury


I found the online foundation course in criminology & victimology to be a valuable learning experience. I learned how to think critically, an essential aspect of case-solving.

Shrinjoy Goswami


The instructors were not only experts in the field but also incredibly supportive. The course content covered a wide range of topics, from theories of crime to victimology research.

Vivek Dewangan


The online Criminology and Victimology Foundation course was engaging, and the instructors were passionate about the subject matter. The course modules were thoughtfully designed, and I feel more confident about my career prospects in criminology after completing this course.

Lokendra Kariyam


It was a worthwhile investment. I liked the mix of online lectures, reading materials, and interactive quizzes.



Divya Dubey

Divya Dubey

Forensic Instructor
Dr. Jamuna K.V.

Dr. Jamuna K.V.

Program Head &Assistant Professor
Dr. Ranjeet Singh

Dr. Ranjeet Singh

Managing Director
Prof. (Dr.) Abha Singh

Prof. (Dr.) Abha Singh

Professor & Expert Behavioural Psychologist

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