- After the course, the student is able to describe the objects of study of criminology .
- After the course, the student is able to describe the major theoretical approaches in criminology and distinguish between the main theories.
- After the course, the student is able to describe the features of organized crime and corporate crime and to discuss these types of crime in a wider socio-economic context.
- After the course, the student understands the theory of punishment and the underlying social constructs.
- After the course, the student is able to distinguish between different types of crime prevention as well as to apply these to specific types of crime.
- After the course, the student is able to describe several key societal problems from a criminological perspective, i.e. migration; exploitation; climate change; global inequality, money laundering and tax evasion; cybercrime and mass surveillance.
Administration of Criminal Justice is an introductory course in criminology for law students. It will first address the general concepts and objects of study in this scientific discipline and their historical development. Next, two lectures will address philosophical and sociological perspectives on punishment and the effectiveness of punishment, followed by crime prevention approaches and alternatives to punishment, in the shape of for instance restorative justice and reintegrative shaming. In three lectures we will learn and discuss the main theoretical schools in criminology, focusing, respectively, on the person of the perpetrator, individual choices and biological and psychological characteristics; social structure and social process theories; and structural theories that focus on power differences and economic relations within societies. Two lectures will address organized crime, with special focus on problems of subversive crime in North-Brabant, and corporate crime and crimes of the powerful, respectively. Then we will discuss a number of fundamental current societal questions from a criminological perspective. Topics are: migration and crimmigration; exploitation of humans, non-human animals and natural resources; the criminogenic effects of climate change and pollution; the criminogenic effects of inequality between countries and within societies, money-laundering and tax evasion; and finally, cybercrime and mass surveillance by public as well as private actors|
Compulsory reading material
J. van Dijk, W. Huisman en P. Nieuwbeerta, Actuele Criminologie, Den Haag: Sdu. Most recent edition.
Additional reading material (articles, chapters) will be announced in the syllabus