Crimes of the powerful

Crimes of the powerful

This free course examines crimes of the powerful, examining the complexities and barriers associated with setting new criminological research agendas by considering the difficulties associated with conducting research on crimes of the powerful. It asks you to think critically about how knowledge is constructed and contested, how we define what is ‘researchable’, and how we know what we know about the world. The project of knowledge-making is, in part, reliant on questioning and critiquing the status quo (Said, 1994, cited in Russell, 1997). New knowledges and ways of thinking can be significantly advanced when accepted or conventional understandings of the world or a particular phenomenon are challenged or differently conceived. Focusing on crimes of the powerful highlights the role that power plays in the setting of research agendas, knowledge making and in establishing the status quo.

  • Introduction
  • Learning outcomes
  • Critical criminology and crimes of the powerful
  • Defining crimes of the powerful
  • Dominant ideologies
  • Researching crimes of the powerful
  • Research, theory and crimes of the powerful
  • Conclusion
  • Keep on learning
  • References
  • Further reading
  • Acknowledgements
+ Course description

This free course examines crimes of the powerful, examining the complexities and barriers associated with setting new criminological research agendas by considering the difficulties associated with conducting research on crimes of the powerful. It asks you to think critically about how knowledge is constructed and contested, how we define what is ‘researchable’, and how we know what we know about the world. The project of knowledge-making is, in part, reliant on questioning and critiquing the status quo (Said, 1994, cited in Russell, 1997). New knowledges and ways of thinking can be significantly advanced when accepted or conventional understandings of the world or a particular phenomenon are challenged or differently conceived. Focusing on crimes of the powerful highlights the role that power plays in the setting of research agendas, knowledge making and in establishing the status quo.

+ Course outline
  • Introduction
  • Learning outcomes
  • Critical criminology and crimes of the powerful
  • Defining crimes of the powerful
  • Dominant ideologies
  • Researching crimes of the powerful
  • Research, theory and crimes of the powerful
  • Conclusion
  • Keep on learning
  • References
  • Further reading
  • Acknowledgements

   2 hours study

  Level 3: Advanced

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   2 hours study

  Level 3: Advanced

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • outline the importance of the concept of power in understanding criminological research agendas
  • define various categories of ‘crimes of the powerful’
  • describe how researching the powerful can reshape the boundaries and goals of critical criminology
  • provide examples of the barriers that make it difficult to research crimes of the powerful.
+ Learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • outline the importance of the concept of power in understanding criminological research agendas
  • define various categories of ‘crimes of the powerful’
  • describe how researching the powerful can reshape the boundaries and goals of critical criminology
  • provide examples of the barriers that make it difficult to research crimes of the powerful.
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  • Download this course for use offline or for other devices