76290 - Criminology.

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

Quality education Peace, justice and strong institutions

Academic Year 2021/2022

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 two learning modules: the first one of 10 hours (prof. Raffaella Sette), and second one of 35 hours (dott. Simone Tuzza).

Prof. Sette will compare the main points of Classical and Positive Schools in the field of criminology and will link them to the dual system of the functions of the punishment. Moreover, Prof. Sette will analyze some significant aspects both of criminal phenomenon and victimization process using statistics and other specific surveys.

Dr. Tuzza will analyze the most important socio-criminological theories.


Classes will be held in the second semester(from February to May 2022).



Balloni A., Bisi R., Sette R., Criminologia e psicopatologia forense, Wolters Kluwer, Milano, 2019.



For regular attendees the bibliography for the exam preparation will be recommended by the teacher during lessons



Teaching methods

Except in cases of future restrictions due to the pandemic, lessons are helded in classroom.


Lectures, videos, case studies, class discussions and class group / individual presentation.

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


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.


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 no attendance records, the final exam will consist of a quiz (15 closed questions) and a written text composed of two open questions evaluated  (exam duration: 1hr). Grades are expressed in thirtieths. For the quiz there are 15 points assigned max. For each closed question there are 7,5 points assigned max. Even if the course is divided into two modules, the written text is only one and it will be composed by questions belonging to topics analysed in both modules. 


Answers will be evaluated through a combination of the three following factors: 1) coherence of the answer to the question; 2) accuracy, argumentative correctness, and terminological appropriateness; 3) quality of explanation and, where appropriate, the use of examples.

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 (form 27 to 30/30). 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 (from 22 to 26/30). 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 (from 18 to 21/30). Educational gaps, inappropriate language, lack of capacity to find information in the literature and other educational materials will lead to negative marks (less than 18/30).


For students with good attendance records (attending at least 70% of the lectures) 2 written examinations, the first of them will be administered during class hours. The final grade will be calculated by doing the arithmetic mean of the two grades. Students who will not pass the first exam have to sit final exam during final examination periods.

To students with good attendance records who gave a presentation during lessons will be added a mark regarding the group presentation to this final evaluation (max 2 points).

Erasmus and overseas students can use Italian, English or French for the written examination.


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

Generally, it is not possibile leaving the classroom during the examination.



It is possible to have a look to the written texts during office hours. The registration of the final mark is made only if the student had previously 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/tablets in the classroom are a tool for work and should be used for note-taking only. If cell phones/computers/tablets are used for texting, e-mail, or Internet connection (without the explicit permission of the professor), the professor may stop the use of these devices 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. Web resources.


During lectures, the professor will use Power Point presentations and other material that will be published on IOL platform.

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


Office hours

See the website of Raffaella Sette

See the website of Simone Tuzza