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Criminology and Criminal Policy

Tampere University

Criminology is the study of crime and responses to it. Crime trends and the environment in which they occur are changing rapidly, and the ability of developed countries to identify and respond to them requires a high level of expertise, especially based on empirical research. In addition, many international treaties ratified by Finland require research knowledge specifically related to violence to enable its prevention.

Crime prevention and intervention can be achieved through criminal policy. These criminal policy measures also need to be examined through empirical research to ensure that societal actions are informed and cost-effective. Criminal policy is therefore both politics and science, like, for example, social policy. Criminal policy is closely intertwined with the study of criminology.

Crime and crime prevention are first and foremost social phenomena, which require social and behavioural science as well as humanistic, theoretical and philosophical research. At the University of Tampere, the teaching of criminology and criminal policy emphasises the interdisciplinary nature of the disciplines, their links with other social sciences and the interfaces between science and practice. A particular area of strength is the study of violence in society.

Criminology and Criminal Policy is part of the Unit of Social Research. Together with six other disciplines, it offers a Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Social Science, graduating between 80 and 100 students each year. At Master's level, Criminology and Criminal policy can be chosen as a separate field of study. In addition, those with a relevant undergraduate degree can apply directly to the Master's programme. Applications are invited once a year through a joint call for applications. Applications for doctoral studies are accepted twice a year, in spring and autumn.