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1 Studies on Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Greifswald: Specialisation for undergraduate law students and Master Programme for postgraduate students Frieder Dünkel Joanna Grzywa-Holten 27th Baltic Criminological Conference June, 2014, Vilnius

2 Undergraduate Specialisation Programme „Criminology and Criminal Justice“ (1) The principal structure of law education at universities is given by a „Federal Law on Judges“ ( Deutsches Richtergesetz, DRiG). The qualification for being a professional judge can be obtained through a 4-years studies at Law Faculties with a final state examination and a 2-years practical education at courts, prosecution offices, lawyers, administrative entities etc. („Referendariat“, see § 5 Abs. 1 DRiG) with a second state examination organised by the ministries of justice of the federal states (Länder). 2

3 Undergraduate Specialisation Programme „Criminology and Criminal Justice“(2) Since 2006 the first examination after 4 years university studies consists of a 70%-part organised by the state (ministries of justice) and a 30%-part organised by the universities themselves. This 30%-part gives the opportunity for universities to further develop specific profiles and allows for specialisation of students (see § 5 Abs. 1 2nd phrase DRiG). The so-called specialisation topics (Schwerpunktbereiche) shall complement and further develop the knowledge attained in the first 2 years of law studies, particularly by dealing with interdisciplinary and international issues of law (see § 5a (2) DRiG). 3

4 Undergraduate Specialisation Programme „Criminology and Criminal Justice“ (3) The marks of the universitarian examination count for 30%, the state examination in the fields of civil, public and penal law for 70% of the final marks in law studies (see § 5d ( 2) DRiG). The university examination at Greifswald consists of: A written seminar paper (4 weeks time for preparation), a 5-hours written examination (Klausur) and an oral examination (30 minutes) 4

5 Undergraduate Specialisation Programme „Criminology and Criminal Justice“ (4) The University of Greifswald, Faculty of Law, provides the following topics of specialisation: 1.Economic law 2.Criminology and criminal justice 3. Tax law 4. European law and comparative law 5. Health and medicine law 6.State and administrative law 5

6 Undergraduate Specialisation Programme „Criminology and Criminal Justice“ (5) The studies on undergraduate specialisation take place in the third and fourth year of law studies (5th-8th semester). The programmes contain a total of 18 hours lectures per week during 3 semesters ( i. e. in average 6 hours per week and semester) % of the law students in Greifswald choose criminology, 30-50% all the other subjects like economic, international, tax law etc.! 6

7 No.SubjectWork load ECTSHours per week Kind of course 1. Criminology I (including sociology of law, Dünkel) 9032V 2.Criminology II (Dünkel)9032V 3./3a Penitentiary law, penology inc. excursions** (Dünkel) 9033 V/Ex­ curs. 4.Juvenile justice (Dünkel)9032V 5.Sanctions law and sentencing (Dünkel)9032V 6. Specialisation in criminal procedure (Regge/Steffens)* 301(1)V 7. Problems of detention in psychiatric institutions (incl. prognostic expertises) (Orlob et al.)* 602(1)V The lectures, seminars etc. in criminology and criminal justice are: 7

8 8 8.Forensic medicine (Bockwoldt)*301(1)V 9.Sociology of economic crime (Joecks)*301(1)V 10. Other courses of the Master Programme, a. o. courses in English on international penal and penitentiary law, comparative juvenile justice)* 301(1)V 11. Colloquium empirical Criminology (Geng) */** 6022Colloqu. 12.Seminar (Dünkel)**27092S 13. Preparation for written and oral examination (Examinatorium) 3011 Coll./Exa m. Total hours in the specialisation programme criminology and criminal justice 18 *Out of these optional courses the students have to choose courses with a total of 4 hours per week. **These course (Excursions and colloquium empirical criminology) are offered every semester.

9 Formal aspects of the Master Programme “Criminology and Criminal Justice” From the beginning of planning the undergraduate programme on “Criminology and Criminal Justice” in 2005 it was the idea to open a similar postgraduate programme for further education of graduates of law, psychology, sociology, pedagogy, social work and pedagogy etc., who have obtained a 4-years first university degree. The Master Programme started in the winter term 2006/07. Up to 15 students per year can be admitted. Students may register for the summer term (starting 1 st April) or the winter term (starting 14 th October) The entire One-years-Masters degree programme costs 1,500 € per student. The courses are (mainly) in German language. 9

10 „Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Criminology and Criminal Justice“ Programme description (1) The programme consists of compulsory modules in the fields of criminology, juvenile justice, penal law, and sanctioning (sentencing) as well as optional modules in the criminological relevant fields of psychology, sociology and forensics. Additionally, foreign researchers offer individual compact courses on internationally comparative criminology and criminal justice (frequently also in English and in French). 10

11 Programme description (2) The students receive research methods training, can gather practical research experience by conducting their own empirical investigations supervised by the programme’s staff. Programme’s staff is composed of members with a law, sociology and psychology background Important structural elements are the interdiscipli- nary approach and the internationalisation (see for ex. the net-works of foreign guest professors in the programme). 11

12 Programme description (3) Guest lectures in English and German language (regularly as compact courses within one week) aim to give an overview on recent developments in crime policy and criminal justice in other countries and shall improve the knowledge in comparative criminology and criminal justice. Students can also pass a whole term or a practical stage abroad and gather material or data which can be used to prepare the master thesis. 12

13 13 Study plan (if beginning in the winter term): No.CoursesWork loadECTSHours per week Kind of course First Semester 1.Criminology I (includ. sociology of law) 9032V 2.Penitentiary law, penology includ. excursions to prisons and probation/aftercare services 9032V 3.Seminar27092S 4.Sanctioning/sentencing law6022V 5.Practical stage15054 weeksP 6.Comparative criminology and criminal justice, for ex.: International penal law and human rights; comparing juvenile justice systems; sanctions systems in Europe. 3011Compact courses

14 14 7.Optional courses in sociology of law, forensic medicine, pedagogical aspects of criminology; psychological theories of crime and other modules of criminology and criminal justice: * a) Problems of detention in psychiatric institutions (incl. prognostic expertises); b) Forensic medicine; c) Psychological aspects of crime; d) Additional courses in criminology (for ex. crime prevention; forensic treatment, risk assessment, victimology etc.) 6022V 8.Practical stage for research training15054 weeks Total practical stage + practical stage for research training

15 15 Second Semester 9.Criminology II with colloquium empirical research methods and introduction in practical fields of criminal justice 18065V with coll. 10.Juvenile justice and welfare9032V 11.Optional courses: a) a) Additional module on criminal procedure or b) b)Introduction into empirical research methods including excursions to practical fields of criminal justice 6022V 12.Comparative criminology and criminal justice, see module No Com­ pact course

16 16 13.Optional courses in sociology of law, forensic medicine, pedagogical aspects of criminology; psychological theories of crime and other modules of criminology and criminal justice: * a) Problems of detention in psychiatric institutions (incl. prognostic expertises); b) Forensic medicine; c) Psychological aspects of crime; d) Additional courses in criminology (for ex. crime prevention; forensic treatment, risk assessment, victimology, etc.) 6022V 14.Master thesis Oral examination301 Total:1, Optional courses indicated with * are offered consecutively; students choose one subject per semester. Seminars are offered each semester. A description of the contents of each course is given in the examination regulations, see the website of the Department of Criminology.:

17 Current situation To date we have 37 master students with various professional backgrounds: most of the students are layers, social workers, probation officers, but there are also biologists, psychiatrists or theologians. 38 Person have finished the Program with the LL.M.Crim.-Degree since 2007, all with very good or good final marks. Study conditions and examination regulations of the criminology programme in Greifswald can be accessed via the website of the Department of Criminology – programm.html 17

18 Perspectives (1) In Germany there are only two other postgraduate programmes of criminology: – A one years programme in Bochum (Prof. Thomas Feltes), named „Criminology and Police Sciences“ with a focus on police sciences and by that different from the Greifswald programme. and – The 2-years programme in Hamburg (Prof. Sebastian Scheerer), which is different from the Greifswald programme as it aims at other groups of students such as those from Bachelor Programmes or 3-years studies such as social work. 18

19 Perspectives (2) internationalisation of criminological master programmes Perspectives of the criminological Master Programme in Greifswald could be an internationalisation by joint degrees/diploma and combined studies in co-operation with other similar or complementary programmes such as for example in Kaliningrad or Vilnius (joint research studies, seminars, examinations, diploma etc.). There are already links also to Eastern European Universities such as Tomsk, Irkutsk, Kaliningrad, Krasnojarsk (Russia), Vilnius (Lithuania) and Szczecin (Poland). 19

20 Perspectives (3) Other partners could be Universities with whom we have developed intensive Erasmus/Erasmus+ relationships (bilateral agreements) such as Sheffield, Nottingham (England), Leuven (Belgium) and Pau, Bayonne (France). The head of the criminological department of Greifswald is regular visiting professor at Bern, Pau/Bayonne and Nottingham and vice versa colleagues from these universities hold lectures for the students in Greifswald. 20

21 Thank you! Prof. Dr. Frieder Dünkel Dr. Joanna Grzywa-Holten Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald, Lehrstuhl für Kriminologie Domstr. 20, D Greifswald Germany Tel.: 0049-(0)


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