Singapore University of Social Sciences

Criminological Theories and Intervention

Criminological Theories and Intervention (PSS201)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Business Administration, International Trade, Science and Technology

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


PSS201 Criminological Theories and Intervention provides students with an understanding of theories related to crime, drawing from a variety of disciplines, including classical philosophy, positivist science, human biology, psychology, sociology, economics, and politics. This course aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to apply relevant theories on crime control and rehabilitation. By exploring the various theories, students will be able to formulate targeted intervention to address the criminality of an individual.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: -


  • Background to criminology
  • Early explanations of criminology
  • Role of a criminologist
  • Major school of thoughts
  • Classical school
  • Positivist school
  • Neo-classicist school
  • Sociological positivism
  • Feminist criminology
  • Cultural criminology
  • Seductions of crime
  • Right and left realism

Learning Outcome

  • Classify the different theories related to crime
  • Analyse the use of criminology in the provision of intervention
  • Appraise the role of a criminologist in crime reduction
  • Identify the different categories of offenders
  • Explore the motivation for offending in crime control
  • Formulate intervention strategies in crime prevention and crime control
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