About the course

Course content

The aim of the course is for the student to acquire deeper understanding on how and in what way individual and environmental facts interact in an individual´s decision to commit crime. An additional aim is for the students to acquire knowledge of criminological theory and to develop their understanding of these theories by applying this knowledge to research areas central to criminology.

The student chooses an in-depth subject to study with focus on theory construction, empirical support and practical applicability. In the course theoretical perspectives of criminological relevance will be analyzed and contrasted regarding definitions and operationalization, causality and interaction, and level of explanation. Additionally, associations between theory and empirical use of the theories will be addressed.

Entry requirements and selection

Entry requirements

A bachelor’s degree with a major in social- or behaviour sciences or medicine and English 6.


University credits completed 100%

Course literature

Course evaluation

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