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YKYYKV2 Contemporary criminological theory and comparative crime and punishment 3–6 ECTS
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Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Basic studies
School of Social Sciences and Humanities

General description

30 hours (lectures, excursions & seminar)

Credits: 5-6 ECTS completing whole course or 3 ECTS without excursion

Phase One: Contemporary Criminological Theory. (16 Hours)

The objectives of the Contemporary Criminological Theory, the first phase of the course before the joint classes with the USA visiting group is to introduce students to the major themes of contemporary criminology theory and current criminological concerns.

The class will examine the learning perspective, societal reaction perspective, critical criminology, conflict theory, corporate crime, peace-making, restorative justice, and state crimes, among other contemporary topics and theories. It will also foster the application of theoretical perspectives to important current criminal problems. The course also aims at helping the students develop critical thinking, research and writing skills.

The class will meet two hours weekly. Meetings will involve both lectures and discussions. Class participation is very important.

Objectives of Phase One Classes

Critically evaluate the major theories and fundamental concepts in contemporary criminology.

A.  Analyse contemporary theories of crime.

B.  Be familiar with the major schools of contemporary criminology.

C.  Understand the basic concepts, methodologies, and terminology used by contemporary criminologists.

D.  Be familiar with current criminological concerns.

First Phase Lectures:

27/3/2013 to 15/5/2013. Two hours lecture weekly. (10-12): Wednesdays, at Linna 6017

 Phase Two: Joint classes with the USA visiting group.  (14 Hours)

The second phase Comparative Crime and Punishment is the joint course with the USA visiting group; it focuses on how deviance and criminality are embedded in the larger socio-political economy, as well as a reflection of it.  The course will be divided into three parts.

 Part One will explore the social construction of reality, with specific focus on how crime is conceptualized, what myths are created regarding crime and criminals, and the role of government and media in constructing crime myths.

 Part Two will explore the response to crime, with specific focus on corrections in Estonia, Finland, and the United States. 

Part Three will provide a practical component, with guest speakers (including criminal justice practitioners, former inmates, and other experts), videos, and tours of prisons in Estonia and Finland.

Phase two Lectures:  Joint classes meetings with the USA visiting group (Lectures at Linna 6017)

  •  Wednesday, 22/5/2013: Class begins: lectures by Jones & Ekunwe Regarding Part 1 of syllabus
  • Thursday, 23/5/2013: Lectures and discussion, led by Jones and Ekunwe, on part 1 of syllabus,
  • Friday, 24/5/2013: Tour of Finnish prisons with talk by prison administration,  video 2 in transit.
  • Saturday, 25/5/2013: Finnish cultural activities for US students
  • Sunday, 26/5/2013: Free day
  • Monday, 27/5/2013: Classroom session with CRIS members, and reflection of Prison visit, includes reflection and lectures on part 2 of syllabus
  • Tuesday, 28/5/2013: Classroom session at U of Tampere on part 2 of syllabus
  • Wednesday, 29/5/2013: Classroom session at U of Tampere on part 2 of syllabus
  • Thursday, 30/5/2013: Leave for Estonia, video 1 in transit, check into housing, orientation
  • Friday, 31/5/2013: Tour in Estonian prisons, lecture and guided tour by Dr. Hilborn
  • Saturday, 1/6/2013: Free day in Estonia, optional cultural activities/tour
  • Sunday, 2/6/2013: Back to Finland, the American students depart Finland

 Objectives of Joint classes with the USA visiting group

1. Analyse how a particular criminal or deviant behaviour is shaped by individual and social   factors.

2. Examine the role that culture and ideology play in the response to crime and deviance.

3. Analyse the role that society plays in perpetuating crime.

4. Understand the way in which criminal justice systems operate in Estonia, Finland

Second Phase Lectures & Excursions:


  • Joint lectures 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 27th, 28thand 29th. May 2013.   
  • One day excursion to a Finnish Open Prison 
  • Four days excursion to Estonia old and new Prisons.

 The four-day excursion to Estonia old and new Prisons is on the 30/5/2013 till Sunday, 2/6/2013.


*For further information on combined student price for both excursions will be posted later.  (Students will cover both excursions at their own expense.)


Travelling Agent responsible for both excursions is www.aikamatkat.fi


Dr. Ikponwosa Ekunwe, Teacher responsible


27-Mar-2013 – 29-May-2013
Lectures 30 hours
Wed 27-Mar-2013 - 29-May-2013 weekly at 10-12, Linna 6017

Evaluation criteria

Participation: All Students are required to participate in class discussion and readings.

Presentations: Each student is also expected to do a short presentation, using the required reading materials that will be sent to all students in advance and during the course.

Further information

Registration: The first 20 students to send in a synopsis of their interest in the course and their academic background to ikponwosa.ekunwe@uta.fi  will be accepted.  Please state in the synopsis whether you will be taking the whole course or just the course without the excursion.

Registration Closing Date: Friday 22 March 2013.


Course is available for all the students at the University of Tampere. It will be offered as part ofStudies on Society and Culture which is a multi-disciplinary study module within the School of Social Sciences and Humanities.
Compensations in certain studies:
North American Studies: NAM-III Law and Politics.
Degree Programme in Social Sciences: Optional studies or compensations on certain courses agreed with teacher responsible.
Degree Programme in Social Work: Optional studies.