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Master of Science in Cultural Criminology

NEW PROGRAMME! Starting autumn 2019. Advanced level. 120 credits.
SACCR, Master of Science Programme in Cultural Criminology, 120 credits
Second cycle degree programme requiring previous university study
2 years, full-time, 120 ECTS credits
Department of Sociology, Lund campus
Application deadline: January
Programme start: August 2019
De­gree: The MSc in Cultural Criminology leads to a Master's degree in Cultural Criminology with a major in Sociology or Social Anthropology.

What are the attractions in dealing drugs, being a graffiti writer, or trying to rehabilitate criminals? Cultural criminology aims to explain and understand how people involved in deviance, crime or social control go about their everyday life and how they interact with others.

Instead of focusing on statistics such as increases in crime or correlations of numbers, as criminology often has relied upon, we ask what governs relationships in the drug world or that of prostitution, among buyers, sellers and the police. We aim to get inside the experiences of committing or controlling crime and to grasp the biographical and emotional aspects.

If you are a graffiti writer, what are the thrills? What tools are you expected to use, what vocabulary and even what clothes are you expected to wear?

Investigating corruption we find important cultural themes governing both those involved in corruption and the anti-corruption movement. Actors navigate between different conceptions of what is considered a gift and a bribe, linked to differences between countries but also between professions and historical periods.

We are interested in how media represents crime but also personal experiences and detailed accounts of life inside institutions. We primarily use fieldnotes, interviews, texts, images and Internet data.

In short, Cultural criminology is about local cultures, subcultures and a multitude of cultural characteristics associated with crime or deviance.

The programme will will give you:

  • A solid understanding of criminological phenomena from a cultural perspective.
  • Knowledge and understanding of criminology, anthropology and sociology, including knowledge of the disciplinary foundation of the fields and general knowledge of current research issues
  • Specialised knowledge of research methods in cultural criminology
  • The ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and analyse, assess and deal with complex cultural criminological phenomena, issues and situations
  • The ability to identify and formulate research questions critically, autonomously and creatively as well as to plan and, using appropriate methods, undertake advanced tasks within predetermined time frames and so contribute to the formation of knowledge as well as the ability to evaluate this work
  • The skills required for participation in research and development work or autonomous employment in some other qualified capacity

The programme will enable you as a student to develop critical thinking, analytical skills and the ability to conduct cultural analysis. It will also help you to develop your own specialised expertise in cultural criminology for advanced professional work or to prepare you for PhD studies in anthropology or sociology. You will have freedom to select courses, an internship or studies abroad according to interests and future needs.

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Career prospects

Crime and punishment are continuously topical in public debate. Furthermore, they constitute the basis for many of modern society’s professions and professional activities: prison officers, crime prevention officers, case workers, university lecturers, police officers, social analysts, etc. Internships allow students the opportunity to apply the knowledge they have acquired in the programme in practice. The internship organisations are interested in the broad cultural criminological expertise students will have.

This programme will also prepare you for PhD-studies and a continued academic career.

Entry requirements and how to apply

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    In short

    The Master's programme in Cultural Criminology focuses on crime, deviations and social control through study of how cultural norms, representations and conceptions function in society from the perspectives of individuals and of society. Issues concerning human actions and interactions as well as of collective notions of morality/immorality and normality/abnormality are of key interest. Further topics of study include which social phenomena are defined as deviant and how they are produced and reproduced.

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    Department of Sociology
    Lund University
    Visiting address: Paradisgatan 5, House G, Lund
    Postal address: Box 114 , SE-221 00 LUND, SWEDEN
    Telephone: Student Office +46 46-222 88 44, Lund University Switchboard +46 46-222 00 00

    Faculty of Social Sciences