|This course offers an introduction to the discipline of criminology and the study of crime, criminal behavior, and approaches to curb crime.
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
• Name and explain the different perspectives on the object of study of criminology.
• Understand the different approaches to reduction of problems of crime and blameworthy harm, and their interdependence.
• Compare and contrast the main theoretical perspectives – including biology, psychology, sociology, economics and philosophy – on crime and criminal behavior;
• Analyze societal problems from a criminological perspective: scope of the problem; actors involved; theoretical explanations; efforts to curb these problems.
|The course consists of 15 lectures, these are divided into three sections. In the first part, four lectures address the object of study of criminology and different approaches to curb crime: repression and punishment; prevention; empowerment of victims and societies.
In the second part, in three lectures we will look into the main theoretical explanations of criminal and deviant behavior: theories focusing on individual characteristics and behavior; social learning and cultural theories; structural explanations starting from systemic drivers and power relations.
The third section focuses on a range of fundamental global problems which will be discussed from a criminological perspective. In each case we will look at the scope and history of the problem, actors and their modi operandi, theoretical explanations and dilemmas; and legal and other responses. Topics to be addressed are inter alia: recent developments in crime, such as juvenile crime and cybercrime; migration; narcotic drugs and other vices; exploitation of humans, non-human animals and natural resources; money laundering; state crime and terrorism.
Reading material comprises classic and contemporary publications which will be announced in the syllabus. All reading material will be accessible online via WorldCat (University Library).