Choosing the Criminology programme means opting for a challenging theoretical study programme, which is a far cry from training to become a police officer or a crime scene investigator (CSI). Instead, you will learn to reflect on criminological phenomena at a policy level.
Admission into the programme is not subject to specific prior knowledge. Our programme does require, however, an innate interest in human behaviour in conflict situations, in criminological phenomena, and in various types of deviant behaviour displayed by individuals as well as by groups.
Your approach to this field of study stems from a broad interest in different disciplines (such as psychology, sociology, criminal law, historical criticism, and history). You have a genuine interest in current events and in the national and international context in which criminality occurs.
You want to understand the processes that make human behaviour either punishable, or not. What reactions do criminality and deviant behaviour elicit, and what role does social control have to play? You want to look for the causes and explanations of deviant behaviour, criminality, feelings of insecurity, and nuisance. You are interested in the role of prevention and welfare work, and in the enforcement of criminal law.
To all these phenomena, you want to apply a theoretical and conceptual approach based on insights gained from academic research and international specialist literature (in English and in French). The methodological and statistical course units will teach you how to collect and process data. Such quantitative research goes hand in hand with statistics, so a sound knowledge of mathematics is a must!