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Histoire de la pensée criminologique - History of Criminological Thought


Professor Paul Knepper

 Paul KNEPPER is Professor of Criminology in the School of Law at the University of Sheffield, UK. He has been Visiting Professor of Criminology at the Institute of Criminology, University of Malta. He is the editor of the “European Journal of Criminology”; formerly co-editor of the “Israel Studies in Criminology” series. He has written or edited 1o books dealing with criminology theory, history of crime, and crime prevention, and has contributed 50 articles on these topics to journals of criminology, history and law.


Block Course

This course will be given in English during the Spring Semester 2016 (during 3 days)


Date Morning Afternoon Classroom
Wednesday, April 13 10 to 12 1 to 5 Amphipôle - 189.1 - POLDINI
Thursday,   April 14 10 to 12 1 to 5 Amphipôle - 189.1 - POLDINI
Friday,        April 15 9 to 12 1 to 4 Amphipôle classroom 340



This course examines criminological theories as a form of historical explanation. Typically, we project theories forward: a theory of crime written in the early 20C becomes an explanation for crime in the early 21C. In this course, we will project theories backward: how do criminological theories popular for explaining crime today work as explanations for crime in the 18C, 19C and 20C? In our discussions, we will consider issues of long-term levels of violence; cities and the geography of crime; women, gender and crime; culture and ‘the civilising process’; crime and justice in colonial contexts; and the formation of ‘criminal justice’.



One-hour written exam in English : Tuesday, May 3rd from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in classroom Amphipôle - 189.1 - POLDINI (please come 15 mns in advance)







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