Introduction to Criminology: Crime across the Life Course

Be an Expert in the Life-Course Sociology and Criminal Psychology of Criminal Careers

Welcome to this Introduction to Life Course Criminology course, which explains how criminal careers develop using principles from the sociology of crime and criminal psychology.

What you’ll learn

  • Speak about criminal careers like an expert even without a prior criminology education..
  • Change the way you understand criminal behavior..
  • Confidently talk to others about why people commit crime..
  • Use your new knowledge in discussing and critically analyzing real crimes in the daily news..
  • Improve your grades in criminology and criminal justice classes..

Course Content

  • Introduction –> 3 lectures • 5min.
  • Crime Across the Life-Course –> 4 lectures • 7min.
  • Understanding Life Course Criminology and Sociology: Central Themes –> 6 lectures • 13min.
  • How to Study Criminal Careers? –> 6 lectures • 23min.
  • Different Groups of Offenders –> 8 lectures • 19min.
  • Criminal Career Dimensions –> 5 lectures • 7min.
  • What Are Some Early Risk Factors? –> 4 lectures • 10min.
  • Turning Points in Criminal Careers –> 11 lectures • 26min.
  • Deciding to Stop Crime: Changes in Thinking and Doing –> 4 lectures • 12min.
  • Life Course Criminology and Sociology: Conclusions –> 2 lectures • 2min.

Introduction to Criminology: Crime across the Life Course


  • An interest in the fundamentals of criminal careers and excitement about this fascinating topic..
  • A willingness to learn about criminological basics as well as example studies..
  • Nothing else! Just you and your hunger for knowledge to get started today..

Welcome to this Introduction to Life Course Criminology course, which explains how criminal careers develop using principles from the sociology of crime and criminal psychology.

Why do some people start committing crime, and why do others not? Why do some offenders commit crime their whole life, and why do others not? How can offenders change their criminal careers and stop? This course will teach you how and why criminal careers develop the way they do using a lens from sociology and criminal psychology.

Understand Criminal Careers from All Angles

In this course, we’ll cover the fundamental areas of life course criminology:

The Development of Criminal Careers – What does the life course of offenders look like?

Different Types of Offenders – Are there different groups of offenders and what are they?

Early Risk Factors – What childhood characteristics can put children on a pathway to crime?

Turning Points – What life events can help offenders to stop committing crime?

Specialization versus Generalization – Do offenders specialize in one crime type or do they commit all types of crime?

The course includes comprehensive videos and slide presentations. To maximize engagement, I discuss many examples of major studies and include quizzes for you to test your new knowledge. A list of articles and books for further reading is provided.

This course is modeled on a college-level curriculum on life course criminology that is included in many major criminology and sociology studies. Bu instead of combing through dense academic books, going to a college classroom every week and pay accordingly, you can follow this course in your own time and for an affordable price.

You can Trust Your Instructor

I am a university research associate with a Ph.D. in criminology and many years of experience doing research, teaching, and public speaking. My own research has appeared in the top criminology journals and has been featured in the media, so I’m knowledgeable about the core issues and the latest, cutting edge research in the area. I’m approachable and always happy to talk to students, so you should feel free to ask any questions that come up before or while following the course.

No risk!

This course comes with a full 30 day money-back guarantee. So if you’re not completely satisfied, you’ll get your money back, no questions asked.

You literally can’t lose.

Take Action Today and Change the Way You Think about Crime

Understanding the backgrounds of crime and criminal careers can change the way you view the world. It will make you an expert in everyday discussion about crime, and can help you in your career by increasing your ability to critically analyze and understand real life problems. Take action and enroll now if you want to take your knowledge about criminal careers to the next level.