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Subject: CRIMINOLOGY (A.A. 2024/2025)

single-cycle master degrees (5 years) in LAW

Course year 5
Teaching units Unit Criminologia
Training activities in similar subject fields or in fields integrating the basic and distinctive ones, also relating to context cultures and interdisciplinary training (lesson)
  • TAF: Supplementary compulsory subjects SSD: MED/43 CFU: 6
Teachers: Giovanna Laura DE FAZIO
Exam type oral
Evaluation final vote
Teaching language Italiano
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Giovanna Laura DE FAZIO


The objectives of the course of Criminology are a strong preparation in general Criminology, the achievement of a good knowledge on specific aspects of the criminal phenomenon and on the offender rehabilitation. These objectives are aimed at obtaining cultural and technical tools which are important for the student interested to a criminal law and criminological path. In this sense, the course is aimed primarily at students wishing to become lawyers, prosecutors/judges or experts in public bodies or companies, under which there are areas that attract criminological skills. At the same time, it is also to be achieved a proper awareness on issues of social and cultural interest frequently found by a lawyer involved in criminal law and criminological area.

Admission requirements

It is recommended to have passed before the exam of Criminal Law, since several important topics which are part of the Criminology course are based on criminal law issues needed for a better preparation of the exam.

Course contents

The programme of the course will be divided into several modules: 1. Introduction to Criminology. The historical development of criminological topic. 2. Criminological theories. Psychology and crime. 3.Elements of psychiatric nosology. Responsibility. 4.Fenomenology of crime: family and crime. Sexual abuse of children. Stalking. Prostitution. Homicide. 5. Juvenile crime 6. Substances abuse and crime. Smart drugs. Gamble. 7. Penitentiary law and offenders criminological rehabilitation programmes.

Teaching methods

At the beginning of the academic year the teacher presents to the students of the course a dedicated Syllabus containing the list of the topics of the single lectures and the materials for the preparation of the final exam. There are frontal lectures with slides and presentation of key studies connected to the specific topics covered during classes. To interested students is asked the email address to which all communication relating to seminars or other scientific activities taking place during the academic year are sent.

Assessment methods

Oral examination divided into three main questions related to thematic areas which are particularly important from the criminological point of view. It is foreseen the possibility to present a dissertation on a thematic survey about criminal phenomenology aspects, to carry through a literature analysis on international databases and using recent foreign sources. The choice of the topic is done by the student based on the interest coming out form the topics of the single lectures of the course and after an interview with the teacher or tutor. Oral examination type allows the student to express the knowledge obtained during the course, also through connections between theoretical and practical aspects of Criminology.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding skills.
The student of the Criminology course through the lectures and the discussion of practical cases can get a solid theoretical and practical preparation on Criminology main topics, with special reference to the theories on crime interpretation , the phenomenology of crime and the rehabilitation of the offender.

Applying knowledge skills and understanding.
Through the knowledge and methods learned, as well as through the ability to perform literature survey on databases including international ones, student applies contents and techniques learned in order to understand crime phenomena, their criminogenesis and criminodinamics and in a comparative perspective.

Independent judgment skills.
Following the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary education obtained, the student develops the ability to analyze and read the crime according to the different theoretical approaches and interpretations and to express themselves in a perspective of prevention and rehabilitation.

Communication skills.
The discussion of case studies, also through the media information, and the dissertation written with reference to international references develop the communication skills of the student, making him/her able to argue on practical case studies with proper language and according to the latest theories.

Learning skills
The activities carried out in terms of discussion, bibliographic research on databases and foreign journals provide the basic tools to update and deepen knowledge, as fundamental activities given the continuous rapid evolution of crime, connected also to social and cultural changes.


Testo aggiornato della L. 354/1975 sull’Ordinamento penitenziario e successive modificazioni.G.L. Ponti, I. Merzagora Betsos, Compendio di Criminologia, Quinta Edizione, Cortina,Milano 2008.Consultare il Syllabus elaborato dal docente e pubblicato sulla piattaforma Dolly insieme alle slide delle lezioni.
Nel caso in cui lo studente decidesse di svolgere una tesi in Criminologia il docente mette a disposizione un vademecum dettagliato per la compilazione dell'elaborato che si trova anch'esso sulla piattaforma Dolly