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22.8.2019 at 09:00 - 12.1.2020 at 23:59


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Kriminologian opintosuunnan opiskelijoille ja muille sosiaalitieteiden maisteriohjelman opiskelijoille.

SOSK-206 Criminology

After completing the course, students will be familiar with the central question formulations, theoretical emphases and research results of international frontline criminology. They will understand current criminological notions on the causes of crime. In addition, students will gain a profound understanding of the interaction between theory and empirics in criminology.

The Examinarium examination is available during periods 1, 2 and 4.

The course familiarises students with frontline theoretical research in criminology on the causes of crime, particularly the theories of self-control, routine activity, labelling and situational action, as well as developmental and life-course criminology.

Study method is online examination in Examinarium. First enroll in WebOodi. Then make the time and place reservation in Examinarium:


The following literature will be completed:

One of the following monographies:

a. Gottfredson, M R, & Hirschi, T (1990). A General Theory of Crime. Stanford, Stanford University Press. (Sivut 3–44, 85–214, 255–275) OR

b. Kivivuori, J (2013). Rikollisuuden syyt. Uudistettu toinen laitos. Helsinki, Nemo.

And (all of) the following articles:

a. Cohen, L & Felson M (1979). Social Change and Crime Rate Trends: A Routine Activity Approach. American Sociological Review 44:4, 588–608.

b. Moffitt, T (1993). Adolescence-Limited and Life-Course-Persistent Antisocial Behavior: A Developmental Taxonomy. Psychological Review 100:4, 674–701.

c. Pratt, T C (2016). A Self-control/Life-course Theory of Criminal Behavior. European Journal of Criminology 13:1, 129-146.

d. Sampson R & Laub J (1997). A Life-Course Theory of Cumulative Disadvantage and the Stability of Delinquency. Advances in Criminological Theory vol 7, edited by Terence P. Thornberry. Transaction, New Brunswick.

e. Wikström P-O (2014). Why crime happens: a situational action theory. In Manzo, G (ed), Analytical Sociology. Wiley, Chichester.

And one of the following monographies:

a. Felson M & Eckert M (2016). Crime and Everyday Life. Fifth Edition. Sage, Los Angeles.

b. Laub J & Sampson R (2003). Shared Beginnings, Divergent Lives. Harvard University Press, Cambridge. (Pages 1–60 and 114–296)

c. Rosenfeld, R & Messner, S (2013). Crime and the economy. Sage, Los Angeles. Due to the briefness of this monograph, the examination will also cover the following articles: Kivivuori, J & Lehti, M (2006). The Social Composition of Homicide in Finland, 1960–2000. Acta Sociologica 49:1, 67–82 and Aaltonen, M et al. (2013). Examining the Generality of the Unemployment-Crime Association. Criminology 51:3, 561–594

Graded on a scale of 0 to 5 (0 = Fail, 1 = Passable, 2 = Satisfactory, 3 = Good, 4 = Very Good, 5 = Excellent)

Jakso ei sovellu kriminologian ainoaksi tai ensimmäiseksi suoritukseksi. Jakson suorittaminen edellyttää, että opiskelija on suorittanut opintojakson SOSK-206 Kriminologia.

The course will be completed by taking a literature examination (in an Examinarium exam room).