Understanding the Origins of Crime (OrigCrim)

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Understanding the Origins of Crime (OrigCrim)

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8/10 stars
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8/10 stars
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7/10 stars
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Student rates this course 10/10 stars Taking Now
Very challenging and interesting, thank you! A glorious mixture of biology, anthropology and ... may be ... criminology.
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Dianne Owens profile image
Student rates this course 8/10 stars Completed
I was expecting the material to be more related to Psychology. It turned out to be more focused on Evolutionary Psychology. I didn't consider this to be a bad thing as it placed behaviour into the right context. That being said, some of the material may touch a nerve. I completed this course September 3rd 2013. As such, the course may have undergone some of the changes seen to assessment for course offerings in early 2014.
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Student rates this course 7/10 stars Completed
I really liked this course due to the unusual view on crime, comparing human to animal behaviour while tackling misunderstandings like the nobel savage and the peacefulness of animals. The video lectures were concise but interesting, some enlightened with drawings, with some not too difficult questions in between to check wether you were paying attention. I enjoyed the dry humor and the somewhat gruesome aspects of this course. I will never ever forget the details about the pregnancy of the sandshark! The course material other than the video's was adequate. What I missed in this course was the direct interaction with the course team. Each week had a precomposed question by the staff, which did not stir up much talk. Furthermore, the staff did not step in the forum during the course itself to react on remarks, questions or discussions by students. I think some staff interference would perhaps have made the forum livelier.
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Student rates this course 7/10 stars Completed
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Student rates this course 8/10 stars Completed
Nice course on an kind of unique subject.I am not familiar with the subject but i like anthropology courses. Small course,4 weeks with about 8 4-5 min lectures each week. It is a course that is a blend of criminology and anthropology.It tries to explain why people do crimes and where each crime derives.It is kind of selfpaced,you have to complete the course until the final date,but there are no due dates each week. Pros : Small video lectures,selfpaced,blackscreen that help you focus better,very nice professor,provided every month,unique subject Cons : The forums of open2study aren't thriving,quizzes format could be a lot better,more additional material would be nice
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Instructors:  Aaron Sell
School:  griffith-university
Learn to understand criminal behaviour by looking at our evolutionary history and animal behaviour in general. 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