ASOA15076U Understanding crime and criminal justice
Knowledge, Organisation and Politics
Culture, lifestyle and everyday life
This course will introduce the students to different ways of understanding crime and criminal justice, both theoretically and more practically. The theoretical part of the course consists of a wide span of criminological theories like subculture, deviance, labelling, strain, and control theories. These theories will be used to explain crime and relevant social institutions like prisons, the legal system, and the police. Crime concerns many levels of the society, and the course will span from micro perspectives on criminals and victims, through social institutions, to larger macro perspectives in the general society. Some of the main topics will be the police and the justice system, prison and punishment, crime statistics and other measures of crime, criminal careers and exit strategies, informal and formal social control, crime prevention, and newer types of crime in the digital age and the challenges these present.
An important part of the course will be to link criminological thinking to different data sources and real life events. There will be a wide inclusion of documentaries, YouTube-videos, podcasts, news articles etc. to use for discussions during the lectures. The students will be expected to watch/listen/read some of these outside of the lectures.
The lectures will also include visits from people working inside crime related institution such as the police, prisons or Ministry of Justice, as well as with crime prevention and other crime-related jobs. This is to introduce the students to how criminology can be used in future jobs.
After the end of the course, the students are expected to:
- Describe the basic criminological theories taught throughout the course
- Understand how crime is closely connected to culture, time, and space
- Describe different institutions working with crime related assignments
- Reflect on individual and structural factors for crime
- Understand how criminological theory can be used in crime related jobs
- Use criminological theory to reflect on crime
- Compare criminological theories to each other
- Discuss presentations of crime
- Transfer criminological theories to developments of crime
- Look up, take a critical standpoint to, and acquire new
knowledge and reflect on the learning process
The curriculum consists of approximately 650 pages of literature on criminological theory, crime related institutions, and other relevant research. Most of the literature are peer reviewed articles and book chapters.
Students are expected to be active in class
Registration deadline for courses is June 1 for Autumn semester
and December 1 for Spring semester.
Registration deadline for Summer school is June 1.
The ordinary period for registration for summer school is from November 15'th to December 1'st
If the course is full after this period, it will NOT be offered for registration again, in the extra period for registration from May 15'th to June 1'st
When registered you will be signed up for exam.
International exchange students must sign up by filling in an application form: course registration.
Credit students: klik her
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignment5-day exam
A written take-home essay is defined as an assignment that addresses one or more questions. The exam is based on the course syllabus, i.e. the literature set by the teacher. The written take-home essay must be no longer than 10 pages. Further details for this exam form can be found in the Curriculum and in the General Guide to Examinations at KUnet.
- Exam registration requirements
Sociology students must be enrolled under either BSc Curriculum 2016 or MSc Curriculum 2015 to take this exam.
Credit- and Exchange students can be at both bachelor and master level.
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
- Exam period
Find more information on your study page at KUnet.
Exchange students and Danish full degree guest students please see the homepage of Sociology; http://www.soc.ku.dk/english/education/exams/ and http://www.soc.ku.dk/uddannelser/meritstuderende/eksamen/
The curriculum is currently being revised and because of that, there can be changes in the re-exam types.
We will update the descriptions here on kurser.ku.dk as soon as they are approved by the Faculty.
Criteria for exam assesment
Please see the learning outcome.