• Question: Is crimonology considered science?

    Asked by Zaraaa to , Devon, Dmitry, Heather, Jonathan, Michael, Rebecca, Richard, Sarah, Tim.M, Tim.S on 26 Jan 2018.
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      Jonathan Kay answered on 26 Jan 2018:


      Criminology can be done scientifically. But it often touches on public policy, which has many components and pressures other than scientific.
      Beware courses that look as if they are inspired by CSI: they may not be the best way to train. This is a much bigger problem in the USA than the UK… so far.

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      Dmitry Dereshev answered on 26 Jan 2018:


      It’s a social science: not as number-driven as classical sciences like physics, but instead applies what we know about how people tend to act.

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      answered on 26 Jan 2018:


      As I understand it, criminology is the study of the effect of crime on individuals and society. Not an area I know about.

      But forensic science is very relevant in understanding crimes in the first place. Someone needs to take samples from a crime scene (avoiding contamination) and then someone needs to process the DNA collected. Someone needs to process the samples to understand what drugs were being used/sold.

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