45198 - Applied Criminology

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The aim of this course is to provide the theorical tools useful to think, prepare and manage criminological projects.

Course contents

Firstly, the course will highlight the role of victim that finds expression in a complex dynamics composed by different phases. 

Secondly, we will focus on the role of life history and of psychodiagnosis in criminology. 

Next, we will study young people and the impact of the Internet on deviant behavior.   

Finally,we will analyse problems related to the penitentiary system.


Balloni A., Bisi R., Sette R., Principi di criminologia applicata - Criminalità, Controllo, Sicurezza, Wolters Kluwer, Padova, 2015.    

Choose one between the following books:

  1. Cimino L., Delitto d'impeto e test di Rorschach. Analisi psicometrica e scenari psico(pato)logici, FrancoAngeli, Milano, 2018.
  2. Balloni A., Guida G., Racconti criminali. Omicidi e vittime in famiglia, Bonomo, Bologna, 2017. Oltre alla versione cartacea, è disponibile l'e-book al sito: www.bonomoeditore.com
  3. Sette R., Detenuti e prigioni. Sofferenze amplificate e dinamiche di rapporti interpersonali, FrancoAngeli, Milano, 2017;
  4. Bisi R., Ceccaroli G., Sette R., Il tuo web. Adolescenti e social network, Wolters Kluver- Cedam, Padova, 2016.
  5. G.Macilotti, Pedopornografia e tecnologie dell'informazione: devianza e controllo sociale nella realtà italiana e francese, FrancoAngeli, Milano, 2018.


Teaching methods

Frontal lessons and class discussions.

Assessment methods

The final exam aims to verify the achievement of the following goals:

1) acquire skills in order to think, prepare and manage criminological projects;

2) the ability to use tools to project operating models to prevent and fights against crime.


For not regular attendees the exam consists in an oral interview at the end of the course.

For regular attendees there will be two written exams (exam duration: 1hr30minutes): the first one after the first half of the lectures and the second one at the end of the lessons. The first written exam will cover only topics covered by the lectures prior to the examination and the chapters of the book pointed out by the professor; the second written exam shall cover only topics covered between the first lecture after the first written exam and the last lecture of the course and the chapters of the book pointed out by the professor.

Grades are expressed in thirtieths.


The student’s ability to find information in the literature and other educational materials in order to ascertain whether the learning objectives have been met will be highly evaluated. The student’s attainment of a complete view of the topics covered in the course, along with their critical analysis, a demonstration of having an adequate expressive mastery and a specific language, will be evaluated with high marks. Less well articulated knowledge mostly from memory, the ability to understand, analyse, and summarise, a language not always appropriate, will be evaluated with lower marks. If the study of the topics covered in the course is basic but is accompanied by educational gaps and inappropriate language, the marks will not be more than passing grades. Educational gaps, inappropriate language, lack of capacity to find information in the literature and other educational materials will lead to negative marks.


It is forbidden to use books, notes and electronic appliances during the written exams.

Teaching tools

Video projector, overhead projector, PC, video recorder


During lectures, the professor will use Power Point presentations that will be published on the website:



These documents do not substitute the compulsory reading materials, but they are supplementary and constitute a study guide to help gain a better understanding of the course contents.

Links to further information

http://www.vittimologia.it; http://www.cirvis.eu

Office hours

See the website of Luca Cimino