About the education
The course Criminology I, provide a basic knowledge of the points of departure, concepts and definitions employed within the field. It covers theories relating to crime, measures to combat crime and the basic methods employed in criminological research. Students are also expected to be able to reflect on and assume a critical approach towards the course content from a theoretical and methodological perspective, and to demonstrate an understanding of how fundamental questions examined by the philosophy of science relate to the field.
Criminology is a multi-disciplinary subject focusing on the study of different aspects of crime and punishment. Studying criminology will provide the opportunity to acquire a broad understanding of crime and other social phenomena related to crime. Course work is formulated in a way intended to encourage independent and critical reflection. Course content includes descriptions of the structure and extent of crime, variations in crime over time and between different segments of the population, and explanations of criminal and non-criminal behaviour at the level of the individual, the group and society at large. A large proportion of the course content is devoted to crime policy, which includes a focus on the processes leading to criminalisation or decriminalisation, as well as other responses to crime such as crime prevention, the work of the police, and the treatment of offenders. Our courses also provide insights into the operation of the justice system, which includes the work of the prosecution service, the police, the courts and the prison and probation service. Course work also includes a focus on other institutions and organisations whose work touches on questions relating to crime prevention, legal rights and equality before the law, and the privacy and integrity of the individual. Victimology, i.e. the study of the victims of crime, remains a relatively new field of criminological research and covers the study of victimisation processes, the causes of victimisation and measures to prevent victimisation. A good grounding in criminology is therefore very useful for those intending to work in a broad range of occupations including journalism, the education sector or social planning. With a major in criminology, you could work with amongst other things the study and analysis of crime, exposure to crime and the response to crime within the police, the prison and probation service or in some other field of public administration.
Area of interest: Human, Social and Political Sciences, and Law
Are you interested in human beings and society? How we function individually and together, what drives us, our learning processes, how rules and laws have been established, and how we interact with each other? If that is the case we have a lot to offer.
This area of interest covers anything from Pedagogy, Psychology and Gender Studies, to Statistics, Political Science, Law and many other subjects. Their common denominator is the relation between human beings and society, independent analytical thinking and often an international perspective.