GLB: Criminology and Criminal Justice

Provided by: Tilburg
Bachelor's degree (EQF level: 6)

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;
- Understand the concepts of organised crime and corporate crime from a practical and theoretical perspective, the problems involved and the efforts to curb these crimes.
- Analyze several 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 four sections. In the first part, four lectures address the object of study of criminology and different approaches to curb crime: repression and punishment; prevention; restorative justice.
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 structure and social process  theories; structural explanations starting from systemic drivers and power relations.
The third section focuses, in two lectures, on problems of organised crime and corporate crime, respectively, theoretical explanations and efforts to rein in these crimes, particularly from a multi-agency perspective, as well as difficulties that confront different stakeholders.
The fourth part of the course addresses a range of fundamental global problems which will be discussed from a criminological perspective. In each case we will look at issues such as 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: cybercrime and mass surveillance; migration and human smuggling; human trafficking and exploitation; money laundering and tax avoidance; and 'green' crimes and climate change.

  • Fall Semester 2022/23 (from to )

    Course start date 2022-09-01
    Course end date 2022-12-23
    Language English
    Credits 6 (ECTS)
    Grading scheme: Grades will be awarded on a 10 point scale where 6 is the passing grade