University of Barcelona

Criminology, Criminal Justice Policy and Sociology of Criminal Law

Course curriculum

The master's degree in Criminology, Criminal Justice Policy and Sociology of Criminal Law offers students a choice of two specializations: Criminal Justice Policy and Sociology of Criminal Law. This structure reflects the programme's origins in two previous master's degrees with different specific focuses. The specialization in Criminal Justice Policy focuses on the analysis of criminality, intervention, approaches to delinquency, and the analysis and evaluation of criminal justice and security policies; the specialization in Sociology of Criminal Law focuses on the social study of criminal behaviour and the associated problems and the critical analysis of how the criminal justice system works.

The curriculum contains a series of core, compulsory subjects that address the study and analysis of problems related to criminal behaviour, processes of criminalization, penal control and public security. It also contains complementary optional subjects that provide a legal perspective on criminal issues and an interdisciplinary understanding of the subject, drawing on aspects of sociology, psychology, political science, anthropology and economics; these subjects enable students to approach social problems from a broader, more holistic standpoint.