91194 - History Of Globalization And Crime

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in International Relations (cod. 9084)

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course students: will become familiar with the most important categories to understand and explain the intersection between globalization and crime; will acquire knowledge about how globalization processes affect crime in an historical and in a comparative perspective; will be able to analyse and discuss some of the most important “global” types of crime: transnational organized crime and youth gangs

Course contents

This course explores the connection between globalization, the evolution of criminology and crime, and how this connection changes in space and time. Globalization affects crime phenomena in a variety of ways: creating new conditions and opportunities for new types of crime, or reshaping more traditional criminal behaviors and increasing insecurity and fear of crime. Moreover, globalization requires new categories to explain and understand crime and therefore affects and reshapes many traditional criminological theories. Finally, globalization has an impact also on strategies of crime control and surveillance . The course will focus on the following topics:

Introduction: definitions of globalization and crime.

Understanding crime in an historical and international perspective; an analysis of the most important sociological theories of crime in the XX Century and of contemporary criminology.

Crime as a global phenomenon: the case of youth violence and transnational youth gang;  gender violence as a global phenomenon; crime against the environment.

The globalization of policing, surveillance and of strategies of crime control.




Mandatory readings:

Frank P. Williams III, Marylin D. McShane, Criminological Theory, Pearson, 6th ed. (selection of chapters).

 Francis Pakes(2013) "Globalization and Criminology: An agenda of engagement, London, Routledge (selection of chapters)

Robert Reiner (2007) "Neo-Liberalism, Crime and Justice", in R. Roberts and W. McMahon (eds) Social Justice and Criminal Justice, London, Centre for Crime & Justice, pp. 8-21.

R. Matthews & J. Young(1992) “Reflections on Realism” in J. Young & R. Matthews (eds) Rethinking Criminology: The Realist Debate, Sage, p. 1-23.

Michael J. Lynch, Paul B. Stretesky (2013)“Green Criminology”, in F. Cullen & P. Wilcox (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Criminological Theories, Oxford University Press, p. 625-644.

Jennifer M. Hazen & Dennis Rodgers (2014) (eds) Global Gangs. Street Violence Across the World, Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press (selection of chapters).

John M. Hagedorn (2005) “The Global impact of Gangs”, in Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 21 (2), p. 153-169.

David Brotherton (2008) Beyond social reproduction: Bringing resistance back in gang theory”, In Theoretical Criminology, 12, 55.

Martin Innes (2003) Understanding social control. Deviance, Crime and social order, Maidenhead, Open University Press, chapter 5 “Policing” pp. 63- 79; chapter 7, ”The Architecture of social control”, pp. 95- 110; chapter 8, ”Surveillance”, pp. 112-129.

All the reading materials (except the book by Williams III & McShane) will be available on the course website.

Further readings for each class  will be suggested and  posted on the class website. For non attending students, extra readings will be required.

Teaching methods

Lectures, small groups activities, students presentations and class discussions, movies and documentaries, guest speakers. This class is higly interactive and students are invited to participate actively in each class.

This class will be tought in a "blended" modality, or in presence, according to the policies for safety during the Covid-19 pandemic that the University will adopt for the second semester of the academic year. Further updates on the teaching methods (whether in presence, or on-line, or blended) will be communicated before the beginning of the semester.


Assessment methods

For students who regularly attend classes there will be:

-an intermediate written exam (30% of the final grade), based on short answers.

-a final paper  (70% of the final grade).

For students bot regularly attending there is an oral exam, based on the mandatory readings and on some extra readings (contact the professor for more information on the extra readings).

All tests have the goal to assess students' knowledge of the course's main topics, their capacity of connecting ideas and theories, and of critical thinking.


Teaching tools

Power point; audio-visual materials (movies, documentaries).

Office hours

See the website of Rossella Selmini


Reduced inequalities Peace, justice and strong institutions

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