74927 - Sociology of Deviance and Criminology

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Political, Social and International Sciences (cod. 8853)

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to provide the most important concepts and notions in the Sociology of deviance and in Criminology to students in order to be able to analyze critically the criminal fenomena and events in contemporary societies and to understand the basic problems in victimzation processes as well.

Course contents

The course will provide and examine the most important approaches and theories in sociology of deviance and criminology ; in particular it will analyze some specific problems just like reforms' prisons inside the Italian context, the implementation of victims' support and assistence policies, the victim-offender mediation practices inside the restorative justice paradigm.


Books to study:

- F. Prina, Devianza e criminalità. Concetti, metodi di ricerca, cause, politiche, Carocci editore, Roma, 2019.

- D. Matza, G. Sykes, La delinquenza giovanile. Teorie ed analisi, Armando Ed., Roma, 2010

- F. Prina, Gang giovanili. Perché nascono, chi ne fa parte, come intervenire, il Mulino, Bologna, 2019

- C. Volpato, Deumanizzazione. Come si legittima la violenza, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 2011

One text to be chosen by the student:

- S. Vezzadini, Per una sociologia della vittima, Angeli, Milano, 2012

- F. Vianello, Sociologia del carcere, Carocci, Roma, 2019

Teaching methods

oral examination, only for attending students there will be a written examination on the first part of the course

Assessment methods

traditional lessons and discussion in the classroom

Teaching tools

power point, articles on the Virtuale platform

Office hours

See the website of Susanna Vezzadini


Reduced inequalities Peace, justice and strong institutions

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.