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Programme overview


The point of departure of the programme is that cultural structures – visible in sense-making interaction patterns, societal power relations and emotions – are interwoven with crime and deviations, and with the control mechanisms and media of society in recurring ways.

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.

The programme objective is to provide the students with tools to understand, analyse and practically manage criminological phenomena using knowledge of the underlying cultural factors. In addition to providing students with specialised theoretical and empirical knowledge based on previous research, the programme has a major emphasis on the students’ development of methodological knowledge and skills. The students will gain insights into developments concerning the definition and reproduction of what is considered deviant and distinctive, and social control with regard to norms, legislation and judicial institutions at national and transnational levels.

The programme provides the students with tools to critically review, analyse and evaluate the interplay between theory and practice, and study deviant subcultures as well as societal control mechanisms. Further broadening and/or specialisation of the programme is made possible through elective courses and an internship course.

Broad and specialised knowledge of cultural criminology

As a student in the programme you will acquire:

  • 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

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.