76290 - Criminology.

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The acquisition of criminological basic skills.

Course contents

The objective of this course is to introduce some criminological and victimological topics with the purpose of understanding crime and victimization in the current context characterized by rapid social change and the challenges of globalization. Starting from the leading criminological and victimological theories, this course intends to apply the Kurt Lewin's theory to the analysis of crime.

The course is divided into learning two modules: the first one of 10 hours (prof. Raffaella Sette), and second one of 35 hours (prof. Elena Bianchini).

Classes will be held in the second semester (from February to May 2019) at the Cesena Campus of the School of Psychology and Education (address: p.zza A. Moro, 90).



Balloni A., Bisi R., Sette R., Principi di criminologia - Le Teorie, Wolters Kluwer, Padova, 2015.

Compulsory Powerpoint presentations at:



Compulsory video at:





Teaching methods

Lectures, videos and class group / individual presentation.

Despite the fact that it is not compulsory, course attendance is highly recommended.

Given that an active involvement of students is required during lessons, course attendance (certified on the basis of a minimum 70% of presence) is necessary in order to take the exam for regular attendees.

Assessment methods

The aim of the final exam is to verify the achievement of the following goals:

1) knowledge of the main criminological and victimological theories;

2) the ability to use these theories in order to analyze crime and victimization processes.


The final exam will consist of a written text composed of three open questions evaluated  (exam duration: 1hr30mins). Grades are expressed in thirtieths. For each question there are 10 points assigned max.  

To take the examination students must enroll in the AlmaEsami with the deadlines required.

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.


To take the examination students must enroll in the AlmaEsami with the deadlines required.

Students who are unable to enroll within the due date must inform the secretarial office promptly. The teacher will decide if they can take the exam or not.

For students with good attendance records (attending at least 70% of the lectures) there will be two written exams: the first one after the first half of the lectures (Part A), 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; 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.

Final evaluation will be the arithmetic average of the evaluations of the two exams.

Students with good attendance records who gave a presentation during lessons should take only one written exam. In particular, students who gave a presentation during the lessons of Part A should take the written exam at the end of Part B and vice versa. A mark regarding the group or individual presentation will be added to this final evaluation (max 4 points).


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


It is possible to have a look to the written texts during office hours. The registration of the final mark is also made in the student’s absence only if they hadpreviously agreed to it.

Students applying for graduation who have passed the exam and need the registration of the mark within a specific date are invited to communicate it to teachers during the exam.

Teaching tools

Policy on the Use of Technology in the Classroom. Technology is useful, only when aimed to improve performance in the classroom. Therefore all hand held devices (cell phones, cameras, etc.) should be turned off and packed away during class sessions. Computers in the classroom are a tool for work and should be used for note-taking only. If computers are used for texting, e-mail, or Internet connection (without the explicit permission of the professor), the professor may stop the use of a computer in that class. Students who would like to use voice recorders for class lectures are kindly invited to ask for the explicit permission of the professor in order to do so.


PC and videoprojector.

During lectures, the professor will use Power Point presentations that will be published on the website: https://iol.unibo.it/course/view.php?id=22566

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; www.cirvis.eu

Office hours

See the website of Raffaella Sette

See the website of Elena Bianchini