This course is included in the optional studies of the Bachelor of Laws degree and the Master of Laws degree.
Registration onto this course is open to all students from the Bachelor of Laws programme and the Finnish Master of Laws programme, all students pursuing doctoral studies and those on the MICL or IBL programme, as well as to exchange students, and to students with the right to complete minor subject studies or the right to complete non-degree studies at the Faculty of Law.
Apply for a right to complete minor subject studies or for the right to complete non-degree studies at the Faculty of Law here: https://guide.student.helsinki.fi/en/article/optional-studies-law and https://www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-of-law/admissions/apply-to-the-faculty-of-law.
The educational objectives of the course are:
— to familiarize you with multifaceted sources that deal with crime and the criminal justice system as cultural phenomena;
— to create a novel theoretical framework for understanding crime and criminal justice;
— to heighten your awareness of the social and political contexts in which the criminal justice system operates;
— with the aid of the results of interdisciplinary research, to enhance your ability to critically assess the functions of the criminal justice system;
— to improve your information retrieval and academic writing skills in light of your future dissertation work.
During the course of these lectures we will focus on the relationship between crime and culture as part of the social framework through which we also understand crime as a legally regulated phenomenon. After a more general penological discussion about sanctions and their objectives, we will concentrate on the way in which crime is portrayed in cinema. How could one depict crime as a cinematic phenomenon? How are criminals portrayed in cinema? Are these portrayals plausible, and if they are, why? What does research tell us? Do the portrayals that we find in legal and criminological literature differ from the ones we find in films? A large portion of the course will consist of watching and analysing excerpts of films.
Please note that 75% attendance at lectures is required for the succesful completion of the course.
— Feeley, Malcolm M. – Simon, Jonathan: The New Penology: Notes on the Emerging Strategy of Corrections and Its Implications (1992) 30 Criminology 449;
— Garland, David: The Culture of Control. Crime and Social Order in Contemporary Society (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2001);
— Presdee, Mike: Cultural criminology: The long and winding road (2004) 8 Theoretical Criminology 275;
— Tzanelli, Rodanthi – Yar, Majid – O'Brien, Martin: Con me if you can: Exploring crime in the American cinematic imagination (2005) 9 Theoretical Criminology 97.
A maximum of 60 students will be accepted onto the course based on the order of registration.
Lectures 24 hours and course work, research essay, 5000 words.
Please note that active participation in the lectures is a compulsory requirement for the successful completion of this course.