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FSP 405: Criminology and Victimology

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February Batch 2024

Last Date to Register : 25th February 2024

The Criminology and Victimology Online Course by SIFS India is created to equip you with an in-depth understanding of crime and its impact on victims and society.

You will learn about the causes, patterns, and consequences of criminal behavior, the needs of victims, and strategies to follow to support and protect victims of crime.

The pre-recorded sessions are delivered by experts and will take you through the psychology of criminals, the intricacies of criminal profiling, and the science of victimology.

This course comprises three levels: Level 1 (certificate), Level 2 (diploma), and Level 3 (Post Graduate Diploma), and the entire curriculum is divided among these levels.

A few of the topics you will learn about are: the nature and scope of criminology, pre-classical, classical, and neo-classical theories; the nature of crime, classification of crime and criminals, types of violent crimes, property crime, criminal justice system, criminal investigation and prosecution, juvenile justice system, criminal psychology, psychometric tests, penology and correctional administration, victimology theories, correlation between police and victim, and the rights of victims.

So enroll now to become a proficient criminologist and victimologist and learn how to contribute to crime prevention, victim support, and legal proceedings.

Course Benefits

Enrolling in this course will equip you with skills to analyze crimes, do criminal profiling, understand victim behavior, apply criminological theories, and learn how to support victims. After course completion, you can work with law enforcement agencies and victim support organizations, making valuable contributions to crime prevention and victim advocacy.

Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of this course, you will gain expertise to analyze criminal behavior, understand why people commit crimes, and understand the needs of victims. You will effectively implement the principles of criminology, criminal psychology, and victimology, along with a strong understanding of the legal and ethical aspects of working with crime victims.

Course Highlights

- Pre-recorded sessions with insights about criminology and victimology tools and techniques

- Expert faculty with immense experience in crime analysis and victim support

- Industry-specific and comprehensive study material and reference books

- Interactive community of criminologists, victimologists, and forensic experts

- Networking opportunities for career enhancement

  • Level I : Criminology and Victimology

    MODULE 1 – CRIMINOLOGY

    In this module, you will learn about criminology, its historical evolution, nature, and scope, its relation with sociology, psychology, and other social sciences for understanding criminal behavior, and its role in contemporary society to address criminal behavior and develop effective crime prevention strategies. Further, you will be introduced to a combination of general and specific methods used by experts in this field to provide valuable inputs to law enforcement and policymaking.

    MODULE 2 – PRE-CLASSICAL, CLASSICAL AND NEO-CLASSICAL THEORIES OF CRIME

    This module focuses on various theories to address crime in various social contexts, evolving from pre-classical ideas of demonology to classical theories articulated by Bentham and Beccaria, along with neoclassical theories that refine classical perspectives.

    You will gain insights about positivism (including morphological, biological, anthropological, and endocrinological theories), sociological theories (cartographic school, culture conflict theory, Chicago School, social structure, anomie theory, social learning, and containment theory), social processes theories (labelling, shame and re-integrative, rational choice, routine activity), and the development of radical approaches (meaning, scope, and relevance), the concept of critical criminology, and a multi-factor approach.

    MODULE 3 – CLASSIFICATION OF CRIME AND CRIMINALS

    In this module, you will learn about crimes and criminals, starting with the differences among sin, tort, and crime and extending to social issues and deviance, including the know-how of criminal tribes, white-collar crimes, juvenile delinquency, prostitution, suicide, and the challenges posed by alcoholism and drug addiction.

    You will learn how the crime is classified, including the difference between misdemeanors, felonies, and personal crimes, as well as the distinction between cognizable and non-cognizable offences. Additionally, further classification of criminals will enrich your understanding of this complex topic related to criminal behavior.

    MODULE 4– FORMS OF CRIME

    This module introduces you to different forms of crime, including:

    Crimes of violence: Homicide, rape, robbery, terrorism, assault and battery, domestic violence, pedophilia, hate crimes, and multicide

    Property crimes: Burglary, arson, larceny/theft, motor vehicle theft, credit card fraud, identity theft, and campus crime

    Crimes of the powerful: Organized crime (alien conspiracy theory, the Mafia, and law enforcement methods to deal with such crime), white collar crime (components, types like environmental crimes, cyber crimes, money laundering, and corporate crime), and law enforcement system to deal with these crimes

    Public order crimes:  Law and morality, homosexuality, gambling, prostitution, paraphilia, substance abuse, and pornography

    Cyber crimes: Cyber theft crimes for profit, cyber vandalism, cyber terrorism, and measures to control cybercrime

    MODULE 5 – VICTIMOLOGY

    This module introduces you to victimology, its historical perspective, various theories like lifestyle, victim precipitation, deviant place, and routine activity, the emotional aftermath of victimization, particularly trauma reactions, and the concept of segment-one help, hope, and healing for victims.

    You will also learn about specific forms of victimization, such as sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence, video-domestic violence, and physical assaults; shelter services like sexual assault and abuse-free environments (SAAFE House); the impact on victims and the topic of victim blaming.

  • Level II : Criminology and Victimology

    MODULE 1 – CRIMINOLOGY

    In this module, you will learn about criminology, its historical evolution, nature, and scope, its relation with sociology, psychology, and other social sciences for understanding criminal behavior, and its role in contemporary society to address criminal behavior and develop effective crime prevention strategies. Further, you will be introduced to a combination of general and specific methods used by experts in this field to provide valuable inputs to law enforcement and policymaking.

    MODULE 2 – PRE-CLASSICAL, CLASSICAL AND NEO-CLASSICAL THEORIES OF CRIME

    This module focuses on various theories to address crime in various social contexts, evolving from pre-classical ideas of demonology to classical theories articulated by Bentham and Beccaria, along with neoclassical theories that refine classical perspectives.

    You will gain insights about positivism (including morphological, biological, anthropological, and endocrinological theories), sociological theories (cartographic school, culture conflict theory, Chicago School, social structure, anomie theory, social learning, and containment theory), social processes theories (labelling, shame and re-integrative, rational choice, routine activity), and the development of radical approaches (meaning, scope, and relevance), the concept of critical criminology, and a multi-factor approach.

    MODULE 3 – CLASSIFICATION OF CRIME AND CRIMINALS

    In this module, you will learn about crimes and criminals, starting with the differences among sin, tort, and crime and extending to social issues and deviance, including the know-how of criminal tribes, white-collar crimes, juvenile delinquency, prostitution, suicide, and the challenges posed by alcoholism and drug addiction.

    You will learn how the crime is classified, including the difference between misdemeanors, felonies, and personal crimes, as well as the distinction between cognizable and non-cognizable offences. Additionally, further classification of criminals will enrich your understanding of this complex topic related to criminal behavior.

    MODULE 4 – FORMS OF CRIME

    This module introduces you to different forms of crime, including:

    Crimes of violence: Homicide, rape, robbery, terrorism, assault and battery, domestic violence, pedophilia, hate crimes, and multicide

    Property crimes: Burglary, arson, larceny/theft, motor vehicle theft, credit card fraud, identity theft, and campus crime

    Crimes of the powerful: Organized crime (alien conspiracy theory, the Mafia, and law enforcement methods to deal with such crime), white collar crime (components, types like environmental crimes, cyber crimes, money laundering, and corporate crime), and law enforcement system to deal with these crimes

    Public order crimes:  Law and morality, homosexuality, gambling, prostitution, paraphilia, substance abuse, and pornography

    Cyber crimes: Cyber theft crimes for profit, cyber vandalism, cyber terrorism, and measures to control cybercrime

    MODULE 5 – CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

    This module covers the concept of the criminal justice system and its historical perspective, legislative process, and social relevance. The police system, with its organizational structure and objectives including law and order maintenance, crime investigation, life and property protection, and crime prevention, is explored along with considerations of police image.

    The judicial system's crucial role in modern society, including its administration in India, presiding officers, prosecutors, defense counsel, salient features of the Indian judicial system, both independent and integrated, and fundamental elements in judicial functioning like due process, speedy trials, and access to justice, along with modernization and reforms in judicial administration, are also highlighted.

    The module also highlights the prosecution and prison systems, covering historical development, types, organization, modernization, and reforms. Additionally, crime investigation, technological integration, and citizens' rights during investigations are examined across various crime categories, including homicide, property offenses, crimes against women, economic offenses, communal violence, and custodial violence.

    MODULE 6 – JUVENILE JUSTICE

    This module gives you an overview of juvenile justice and its historical evolution, as well as international frameworks like the Beijing Rules and Riyadh Guidelines, along with a discussion on National Policy for Children. The module also outlines the Juvenile Justice System, highlighting key features of the Juvenile Justice Act 2000 and its amended version in 2006, along with model rules, the role of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) and Juvenile Justice Board (JJB), institutions for juveniles, the police's role, particularly the Special Juvenile Police Unit and Child Welfare Officer, and the role of NGOs in handling juveniles.

    The concept of children in need of care and protection, including street children, child labor, child abuse (physical, psychological, and sexual), child trafficking, and those in disturbed areas, is explored.

    You will also gain insights about children in conflict with the law, addressing contemporary issues like youth deviance (pornography, dating, rape, ragging, sexual harassment), violence, juvenile gangs, and status offence, along with intervention strategies such as restoration, repatriation, after-care, adoption, foster care, and sponsorship of children and the issues and problems faced in reintegration.

    MODULE 7 – VICTIMOLOGY

    This module introduces you to victimology, its historical perspective, various theories like lifestyle, victim precipitation, deviant place, and routine activity, the emotional aftermath of victimization, particularly trauma reactions, and the concept of segment-one help, hope, and healing for victims.

    You will also learn about specific forms of victimization, such as sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence, video-domestic violence, and physical assaults; shelter services like sexual assault and abuse-free environments (SAAFE House); the impact on victims and the topic of victim blaming.

  • Level III : Criminology and Victimology

    MODULE 1 - CRIMINOLOGY

    In this module, you will learn about criminology, its historical evolution, nature, and scope, its relation with sociology, psychology, and other social sciences for understanding criminal behavior, and its role in contemporary society to address criminal behavior and develop effective crime prevention strategies. Further, you will be introduced to a combination of general and specific methods used by experts in this field to provide valuable inputs to law enforcement and policymaking.

    MODULE 2 - PRE-CLASSICAL, CLASSICAL, AND NEO CLASSICAL

    This module focuses on various theories to address crime in various social contexts, evolving from pre-classical ideas of demonology to classical theories articulated by Bentham and Beccaria, along with neoclassical theories that refine classical perspectives.

    You will gain insights about positivism (including morphological, biological, anthropological, and endocrinological theories), sociological theories (cartographic school, culture conflict theory, Chicago School, social structure, anomie theory, social learning, and containment theory), social processes theories (labelling, shame and re-integrative, rational choice, routine activity), and the development of radical approaches (meaning, scope, and relevance), the concept of critical criminology, and a multi-factor approach.

    MODULE 3 - CONCEPT OF CRIME AND ITS TRENDS

    This module covers the concept of crime and its historical evolution from ancient times to its present form, the nature of crime in modern society, causal factors of crime, diverse sources of crime statistics, and analysis of crime trends in India and abroad, along with the challenges faced. A special focus is given to the study of crimes under the Indian Penal Code as well as those falling under local and special legislation.

    MODULE 4 - CLASSIFICATION OF CRIMES AND CRIMINALS

    In this module, you will learn about crimes and criminals, starting with the differences among sin, tort, and crime and extending to social issues and deviance, including the know-how of criminal tribes, white-collar crimes, juvenile delinquency, prostitution, suicide, and the challenges posed by alcoholism and drug addiction.

    You will learn how the crime is classified, including the difference between misdemeanors, felonies, and personal crimes, as well as the distinction between cognizable and non-cognizable offences. Additionally, further classification of criminals will enrich your understanding of this complex topic related to criminal behavior.

    MODULE 5 - FORMS OF CRIME

    This module introduces you to different forms of crime, including:

    Crimes of violence: Homicide, rape, robbery, terrorism, assault and battery, domestic violence, pedophilia, hate crimes, and multicide

    Property crimes: Burglary, arson, larceny/theft, motor vehicle theft, credit card fraud, identity theft, and campus crime

    Crimes of the powerful: Organized crime (alien conspiracy theory, the Mafia, and law enforcement methods to deal with such crime), white collar crime (components, types like environmental crimes, cyber crimes, money laundering, and corporate crime), and law enforcement system to deal with these crimes

    Public order crimes:  Law and morality, homosexuality, gambling, prostitution, paraphilia, substance abuse, and pornography

    Cyber crimes: Cyber theft crimes for profit, cyber vandalism, cyber terrorism, and measures to control cybercrime

    MODULE 6 - CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

    This module covers the concept of the criminal justice system and its historical perspective, legislative process, and social relevance. The police system, with its organizational structure and objectives including law and order maintenance, crime investigation, life and property protection, and crime prevention, is explored along with considerations of police image.

    The judicial system's crucial role in modern society, including its administration in India, presiding officers, prosecutors, defense counsel, salient features of the Indian judicial system, both independent and integrated, and fundamental elements in judicial functioning like due process, speedy trials, and access to justice, along with modernization and reforms in judicial administration, are also highlighted.

    The module also highlights the prosecution and prison systems, covering historical development, types, organization, modernization, and reforms. Additionally, crime investigation, technological integration, and citizens' rights during investigations are examined across various crime categories, including homicide, property offenses, crimes against women, economic offenses, communal violence, and custodial violence.

    MODULE 7 - CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE

    In this module, you will learn about essential elements of criminal law, like criminal liability and group liability principles, offences against persons and property, including homicide, kidnapping, abduction, and rape under the Indian Penal Code (IPC). General exceptions like the right to private defence against person and property, insanity, intoxication, necessity, and mistake are also explained.

    The module also covers the criminal investigation and prosecution process, including FIR, investigation, arrest, charge sheet, custody, remand, bail, prosecution, and warrants (summon and search), the scope and relevance of evidence law, including the relevancy and admissibility of facts, confessions, dying declarations, and expert evidence, and the criminal trial, with summon trials, warrant trials, sessions trials, victims' rights, free legal aid, and punishment under the IPC.

    MODULE 8 - JUVENILE JUSTICE

    This module gives you an overview of juvenile justice and its historical evolution, as well as international frameworks like the Beijing Rules and Riyadh Guidelines, along with a discussion on National Policy for Children. The module also outlines the Juvenile Justice System, highlighting key features of the Juvenile Justice Act 2000 and its amended version in 2006, along with model rules, the role of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) and Juvenile Justice Board (JJB), institutions for juveniles, the police's role, particularly the Special Juvenile Police Unit and Child Welfare Officer, and the role of NGOs in handling juveniles.

    The concept of children in need of care and protection, including street children, child labor, child abuse (physical, psychological, and sexual), child trafficking, and those in disturbed areas, is explored.

    You will also gain insights about children in conflict with the law, addressing contemporary issues like youth deviance (pornography, dating, rape, ragging, sexual harassment), violence, juvenile gangs, and status offence, along with intervention strategies such as restoration, repatriation, after-care, adoption, foster care, and sponsorship of children and the issues and problems faced in reintegration.

    MODULE 9 - CRIMINAL PSYCHOLOGY

    In this module, you will learn about criminal psychology, the difference between psychological and psychoanalytical approaches to crime, the behaviorist approach of criminals towards crime, and various factors influencing criminal psychology, including mental illness, human aggression, violence, and crime.

    The module further highlights the development of personality, the distinction between criminal personality and normal personality, psychometric tests (psychoanalytical, humanistic, and learning theories), and the psychodynamics of criminal behavior.

    You will also gain insights about the concept, importance, and role of forensic psychology in crime investigation, its applications in prisons and courts, the intersection of psychology with law enforcement, and an overview of brain imaging studies, brain imaging techniques, their purpose, applications, and implications in forensic investigations.

    MODULE 10 - PENOLOGY AND CORRECTIONAL ADMINISTRATION

    This module covers the topic of punishment and correctional procedures, its historical evolution, and its meaning, objectives, and philosophies. Guidelines and principles governing prison practices, theories of punishment, and recent approaches to punishment will also be discussed. The module further includes diverse perspectives on the purpose and methods of punishment and provides an in-depth overview of the role of punishment and correction in the criminal justice system.

    MODULE 11 - VICTIMOLOGY

    This module introduces you to victimology, its historical perspective, various theories like lifestyle, victim precipitation, deviant place, and routine activity, the emotional aftermath of victimization, particularly trauma reactions, and the concept of segment-one help, hope, and healing for victims.

    You will also learn about specific forms of victimization, such as sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence, video-domestic violence, and physical assaults; shelter services like sexual assault and abuse-free environments (SAAFE House); the impact on victims and the topic of victim blaming.

    MODULE 12 - LEGAL PERSPECTIVE RELATED TO VICTIMOLOGY

    This module introduces you to the relationship between law enforcement and victims, police-victim interaction, the process of death notification, the concept of prosecution, balancing the rights of victims and defendants, with a focus on victim rights, and addressing hate and bias crimes.

    The module further extends to victim/offender reconciliation programs, post-prosecutorial services in child abuse cases, and recovery and justice, including financial recovery, the principles of restorative justice, and the emerging field of victim services as a profession.

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    Yes, there will be an online exam after completing the course.

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Larry Ray Case Study

Larry Ray was involved in making college kids his victims by subjecting them to psychological, physical, and sexual abuse. He also extracted several thousand dollars from them and influenced them to abandon their families.

It all started when, after completing his jail term for violating child custody norms, he moved to his daughter Talia’s residence at Sarah Lawrence College.

At the college, he met his daughter’s friends, slowly increased intimation with them, and eventually lived with them for the next few years.

It was during this time that he used to psychologically and physically abuse them.

However, students never realized this, as he posed himself as the father figure who was always working towards their welfare, thereby influencing the young minds.

Students were his primary victims. He was an extraordinary manipulator, and it was even a challenge for specialists to psychologically evaluate him during his divorce process.

In this case, people who evaluated him became his secondary victims, as they were unable to do their duty because of his tactics. Hence, the time taken to prove his claim that his wife abuses his children was fake took way longer.

From a victimology perspective, the Sarah Lawrence college kids case is a very strange one.

Some said that as students who were very sensitive, introverted, had relationship issues, and suffered from mental stress, they looked up to Ray’s guidance and soon became psychologically dependent on him and eventually victims of his manipulative tactics.

Several students were so influenced by him that they even cut off all contact with their parents and stopped talking to them.

During legal proceedings, none of them said a word against Ray and portrayed him as an angel for helpless young people. They were also ready to poison the person going against Ray’s senseless conspiracy theories on his instructions.

In April 2022, he went on federal trial and was convicted for various crimes like conspiracy, extortion, and sex trafficking.

In conclusion, Sarah Lawrence College kids’ shocking case is great to study victim behavior resulting from cunning and manipulative mentors.

Proper research on this subject will lead to ways as to how to handle such victims, help them, and reduce the percentage of such incidents.

Shambhavi Gupta

5

Must try courses! Since it has helped me a lot to understand the subject, I’d recommend you to attend this course too.

Yashika Goel

4

It was a nice experience of course under SIFS. 

Mrinmoy Mukherjee

5

It was one of a kind course with theoretical knowledge where not even a single second felt like it was not helping me to build a better future in the field of Forensics. Thank you Dr. Ranjeet Singh for your unparalleled guidance.

Priya

4

Very interesting and informative course. I really appreciate the idea and efforts for organizing such course for better and at home learning.

Ritika Katta

4

The course is really helpful as the content is above excel and helped me understand the psychology in detail. 

 

Instructors

Dr. Parantap Kumar Das

Dr. Parantap Kumar Das

Associate Professor
Dr. Ranjeet Singh

Dr. Ranjeet Singh

Managing Director

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