83120 - Mafia and Processes of Victimization

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  • Teacher Sandra Sicurella

  • Credits 8

  • SSD SPS/12

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Forli

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Criminology for Investigation and Security (cod. 8491)

  • Course Timetable from Feb 22, 2022 to May 12, 2022


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 training goal is to provide interpretative and analysis tools to understand the differences between Cosa nostra, ‘Ndrangheta, and Camorra.

Course contents

The study program is divided into 2 sections:

1. Cosa Nostra, 'Ndrangheta, Camorra: birth, historical evolution and main characteristics;

2. victims of organized crime.

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


Catino M. (2020). Le organizzazioni mafiose. La mano visibile dell'impresa criminale, il Mulino, Bologna.

Sicurella S. (2017) Da quel giorno mia madre ha smesso di cantare. Storie di mafia, Giappichelli, Torino.

Teaching methods

Course methodology: lectures and participatory activities.

Except in cases of future restrictions due to the pandemic, lessons are helded in classroom. In any case, students can attend all class lessons online with MS TEAMS.

Lectures (28 hours) aim to introduce students to the core concepts of the discipline. Seminars and participatory activities (12 hours) where students are involved as actively in the learning process as possible.

In any case, students can attend all class lessons online with MS TEAMS.

Assessment methods

The exam aims to verify the achievement of the educational objectives highlighted in the part called "learning outcomes".

Attending students:

  • written exam at the end of the course;
  • the assessment of the degree of preparation will also be made through the activities done during classes.

Attending students not satisfied with the grade obtained, during exam sessions, will be able to take a written test that will be based on the entire program carried out during the course (topics of participatory activities included).

Non-attending students:

there will be one written exam composed by three open questions regarding issues addressed in the books (see section Readings/Bibliography). For each answer there are 10 points assigned max. Exam duration: 90mins.

Teaching tools

PC and videoprojector (when in classroom). Web resources (both in classroom and online).

During lectures, the professor will use Power Point presentations and other material that will be published on the website: https://virtuale.unibo.it

Office hours

See the website of Sandra Sicurella