Critical Perspectives on Criminal Justice and Social Control
Course · 7.5 credits
The aim of the course is to provide students with specialized knowledge of approaches to crime, criminal justice and social control based on socio-legal and critical criminological perspectives. During the course, different theoretical approaches to, and empirical knowledge of, main topics within critical studies of crime, social control and criminal policy based on a constructivist approach to crime will be presented and discussed.
The course consists of one module, with three core topics.
Topic 1, The social construction of crime and control.
The first topic aims to provide the student with knowledge about the social constructivist approach to crime, deviance and social control commonly used by critical criminology and critical socio-legal studies. Crime and deviance are here seen as constructions depending on structural factors coupled with the characteristics of those persons, groups and acts being labeled as deviant or criminal, those performing control and the ways and methods of the control used. This approach to crime, deviance and social control are opposing naturalized understandings of these phenomena.
Topic 2, Criminal justice and policy in the 21st century
This topic aims to go deeper into current trends in criminal justice and criminal policy, which in general terms can be described as being characterized by risk and security thinking, weakening of the state’s social structures replaced by strengthened crime control structures, and by singling out of some groups as the dangerous other. We aim to understand the structural trends that have led to this development.
Topic 3, Alternative criminal policy and justice
The final topic of this course aims to go beyond the standard approaches to criminal justice, policy and social control in the global North, to widen the gaze and look at some alternatives used and offered when it comes to ways of understanding and reacting on the unwanted.
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Email: helena [dot] edberg [at] soclaw [dot] lu [dot] se
Requirements and selection
Students must have at least Bachelor's degree including:
-90 credits in the sociology of law or other relevant disciplines such as sociology, criminology, law, political science, social work, or the equivalent.
-Oral and written proficiency in English equivalent to English 6/B from Swedish upper secondary school is a requirement. International qualifications will be assessed in accordance with national guidelines.
English language requirements
Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.
Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Master's studies or Bachelor's studies in Sweden.
Start Autumn Semester 2022
Day-time Lund, part time 50%
31 October 2022 - 15 January 2023
Closed for applications
How to apply
Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.
Step 1: Apply online
- Check that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (refer to the section above on this webpage).
- Start your application – go to the University Admissions in Sweden website where you create an account and select programmes/courses during the application period.
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- Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline.
Step 2: Submit documents
- Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at the University Admissions in Sweden website. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
Country-specific requirements for Bachelor's studies – universityadmissions.se
Country-specific requirements for Master's studies – universityadmissions.se
- Get all your documents ready:
- official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants)
- official transcripts and degree certificate or proof of expected graduation (Master's applicants)
- passport/ID (all applicants) and
- proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
- Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the next paragraph on this webpage.
- Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline.
- Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.
* Note that the process is different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus+).
* If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below.
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Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 13 750
First payment: SEK 13 750
Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.
EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland
There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.
If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at the University Admissions in Sweden website. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.
*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or PhD students, regardless of their nationality.
Scholarships & funding
Lund University Global Scholarship programme
The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.
Swedish Institute Scholarships
The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.
Country-specific scholarships and funding options
Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.
- Scholarships/funding for students from Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia, Russia and Chile, among other countries
- US student finance
- Canada student finance