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Archived Curricula Guide 2017–2019
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PCP08 Crime and Criminal Policy 5 ECTS
Organised by
Master's Degree Programme in Public Choice
Person in charge
Professor in North American Studies
Corresponding course units in the curriculum
School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Curricula 2015 – 2017


Strategic themes: Internationalisation

Learning outcomes

Through this course, students will learn how the use of microeconomic and game theoretic tools can help us to understand crime and criminal behavior. Through this analysis, the student learns to recognize possible unintended consequences of current rules and policies related to crime. Through recognition of these consequences, more effective policies can be designed.


Criminal Justice and Policy is designed to approach the topic of crime and criminal behavior using new perspectives. Traditional approaches to crime treat the criminal as a deviant. While this focus is useful, it ignores cases in which criminals make well-informed, rational decisions. By treating criminals as rational actors, we can identify factors that influence their decisions and design policy to create disincentives crime. In particular, we will explore the effects of current policy on criminal behavior and will attempt to find better alternatives.

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in course work 
In English
Midterm exam  Written exam 
In English
Research paper  Essay 
In English


Numeric 1-5.

Study materials

Textbook and journal articles

Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Faculty of Social Sciences