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  • Teacher Rossella Selmini

  • Credits 8

  • SSD SPS/06

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language English


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

Reduced inequalities Sustainable cities

Academic Year 2019/2020

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 connections between globalization and crime, and how these connections change 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. The course will focus on the following topics:

Introduction: definitions of globalization and crime

A short history of globalization

How globalization affects crime

Global inequality and crime

How concept and categories of traditional criminology change as a consequence of globalization

Do we need a new criminology  to understand globalization of crime?

Global insecurity and fear of crime

Global cities, inequalities, informal markets

How crime migrates: the case of global gangs and youth violence

Gangs in a global world

Globalization and organized crime: trafficking and smuggling




Readings recommended for this class (mandatory for students who do not attend regularly):

Katja Franko (2013) Globalization and Crime, London, Sage, 2nd edition. Chapters 1,2,3,9,10.

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

Sophie Body-Gendrot (2012) Globalization, Fear and Insecurity. The Challenges for Cities North and South, Basingstoke, Palgrave McMillan. Introduction, chapters 1,2, 5, 6.

A full list of readings for students who regularly attend classes will be posted at the beginning of class on the class website on "Insegnamenti online" at iol.unibo.it

Teaching methods

Lectures (55%), small groups activities and class discussions (20%) movies and documentaries (20%), guest speakers (5%)

Assessment methods

For students who DO NOT regularly attend classes there will be one written final exam based on questions (2 hrs.)

For students who do regularly attend classes there will be:

an intermediate written exam (40% of final grade)

a final written exam (60% of final grade- 90 mns)

Teaching tools

Power point; Audio-visual materials.

Office hours

See the website of Rossella Selmini