Track title: Global Crime
The Global Crime track concentrates on topics such as the illicit movement of goods and people, crime as a cultural phenomenon, environmental crime, crimes of the powerful and human rights violations. Particular attention is given to cross-border crime and crime control as well as to crime and deviance in Eastern Europe and the Global South. The lectures are given by both local senior staff researching in these fields (Prof. Dina Siegel, Dr. Daan van Uhm, Dr. Damián Zaitch), guest lecturers who have a particular expertise in issues like arms or drugs trade, financial markets or transnational migration, and practitioners from different organizations dealing with these issues. Excursions in each course also provide insider’s views from practitioners and professionals. This track is interesting for those who aim to work later in the broad field of global crimes, as students will be able to understand and explain these phenomena.
Track title: Crime, Punishment and Security
Security has become a buzzword in the media, policy making and public debate. Its meaning has broaden across many fields, justifying preventive, detective, repressive or corrective measures, with growing state-corporate cooperation and private initiatives. Challenges like terrorism, migration, environmental crime or digitalization have fostered new forms of (public) punishment and surveillance practices, developing new markets and technologies in the field of security and crime control.
The Crime, Punishment and Security track, critically examines both traditional and new responses to crime and deviance in different geographical and political contexts, and by a variety of private and public actors (e.g. the criminal justice system, private security agencies and corporations, (h)acktivist groups, (social) media actors, vigilante groups, etc.). Lecturers are senior staff researching in these fields (Dr. Brenda Oude Breuil, Veronika Nagy MSc, Thijs Jeursen MA), alongside guest experts and practitioners from the fields of private and public security, NGOs and business. Excursions in each course also provide insider’s views from practitioners and professionals. This track fits students who critically consider contemporary securitization processes, and aim to work in the fields of security, digital intelligence, policing, prisons, or more critical bodies such as NGOs, international monitoring bodies, or human rights organisations.