The Master’s Degree in Critical criminology and social securityprepares those who want to deepen their professional or academic knowledge in the sociological, criminological, psychological, legal and anthropological field.
The course adopts a deconstructionist approach related to the main theoretical frames of criminology, sociology of deviance, and analysis of criminal law, through a multi-sectional approach with a series of insights on current topics.
The Master’s Degree in Critical criminology and social security provides critical knowledge on deviant phenomena and criminalization processes within which some individuals and groups are placed. It also develops theoretical and practical alternative prospective to traditional punitive and securitarian models.
The course units of the Master’s Degree in Critical criminology and social security refer to the main theoretical frameworks of criminology, sociology of deviance and analysis of criminal law, with a particular focus on control devices and power relationships within our society, through an inter-sectional approach. Special attention is given to petty crime, the relationship between immigration and deviance, juvenile and female deviance, gender violence, environmental crime, prison overcrowding, the new relationships with substance abuse, and the interpretation of insecurity sentiments.
It also develops theoretical and practical alternative prospective to traditional punitive and securitarian models.
The Master’s Degree in Critical criminology and social security is addressed both to those who want to pursue an academic path in the sociological, criminological, psychological, legal and anthropological field, and to those who work for public and tertiary institutions in the areas of conflict prevention and mediation, distress, deviance and criminality.
Through a critical analysis of criminal and penal policies, with particular focus on suppression and prevention strategies, and intervention policies, the education provided can help strengthen the professional skills in many different fields, such as those dealing with prison conditions, criminal mediation, juvenile deviance, gender violence, urban safety, drug additions, prostitutions, migrant hospitality, and much more.
The set of knowledge and competencies provided by the course prepare the attendees to undertake further courses of study and research, and to tackle occupational dimensions that entail an interaction with deviance, marginality and social exclusion phenomena, and with individuals placed in contexts marked by conflict, segregation, violence and criminalization.
The Master’s Degree in Critical criminology and social security provides training on:
- Criminological theories and critical studies on criminal law
- Critical criminology and inter-sectionalism
- Migration policies and criminalization processes
- Safety and governance in the territories
- Prison, judicial system and criminal judgement sociology
- Gender violence and criminalization/victimization processes
- Social and criminal institution psychology
- Victimology and criminal mediation
- State crimes and “white-collar workers” crimes
- Restorative justice
- Green criminology
- Border criminology
- Substance abuse and consumption patterns
- Police sociology
- Criminology and neurosciences
- Media sociology
The Master’s Degree in Critical criminology and social security works and actively cooperates with the Departments and Research Groups of other Universities, and is actively involved in multiple study and research activities in the legal, sociological, anthropological, criminological and social psychology fields. Among the dense network of partners and affiliates, the Master’s Degree helps to animate and implement a greatly innovative project, the University Centres in Prison, now increasingly widespread at national level. Moreover, it works closely with important magazines such as the “Studi sulla Questione Criminale”, on criminology and sociology of deviance, and it has been involved for many years in research projects, theoretical paths and empirical studies with different Universities, such as the Universities of Turin, Rome and Milan, around topics such as criminal law, prison and rights of inmates, urban safety, border criminology, green criminology, and feminist criminology.
It also belongs (since the start) to important European projects, such as the “European Group for the Studies of Deviance and Social Control” and the “GERN” project. Within the Fisppa Department of the University of Padua, it regularly collaborates with the “SLANG” research group, in organizing studies, empirical researches, workshops and conferences.
The Master’s Degree in Critical criminology and social security has developed a dense network of relationships and virtuous collaborations with public and tertiary institutions and local/national organizations. These interactions, which are often expressed as formal partnerships, have facilitated both the possibility of ensuring premium internships for the classes, and the option of entering the labour market by putting the competencies and tools provided into practice.
Among the many realities the Master’s regularly collaborates with, there are:
- Forum italiano per la sicurezza urbana (FISU)
- Associazione Mimosa
- Centro di documentazione ed inchiesta sulla criminalità organizzata in Veneto (CIDV)
- Istituto ricerche popolazione e politiche sociali (IRPPS-CNR)
- Associazione Antigone
- Ufficio locale di esecuzione penale esterna (UEPE)
- Cooperativa Orizzonti
- Avvocati di strada
- Garante nazionale delle persone private della libertà personale
- Centro per la mediazione sociale e penale
- Cooperativa il Sestante
Lessons will be held in 24 weekends, on Friday afternoon and on Saturdays (full day), 3 times a month. They will be held in dual mode; in-person lessons will be held at the Fisppa Department of the University of Padua.
Yes. To meet the multiple needs of our attendees, we deemed appropriate to carry out the lessons in dual mode. They will be held in person in Padua, at the Fisppa Department, and there will also be the option for distance learning through the Zoom platform.
For the next 2022-2023 edition, there will be no scholarships. In order to get access to certain forms of facilitation, we recommend calling the UniPD call centre, at +39 049 827 3131, to get in touch with the Student Office, Facilitation Section. There are some forms of facilitation, such as the “study prizes”; to know more, see: https://www.unipd.it/premi-studio-laureati. There is also the option of requesting an interest-free loan, with UniPD as guarantor; for the requirements, see: https://www.unipd.it/prestiti-per-merito
The Master includes a 250-hour traineeship at one of the many affiliate public and tertiary institutions. If you are not interested in doing the traineeship, you can draft a “project work” with the help of a Tutor assigned to each attendee.
At the end of the course, all attendees are required to draft and discuss a final dissertation on the topics covered, with the constant support of a tutor selected among the Master’s staff.