DESCRIPTION OF COURSE UNIT


1.

Code

Course unit title

Title of the degree programme

LLL17B000617

Criminology

Elective subject


2.

Name of lecturer(s)

Departament(s)

Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alfredas Kiškis (t. +(370)68614856, e-mail akiskis@mruni.eu )

a. o: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alfredas Kiškis

Institute of Criminal Law and Procedure


3.

Cycle of course unit

Level of course unit

Type of course unit

I

Not applicable

Optional


4.

Mode of delivery

Year of study and semester when the course unit is delivered

Language of instruction

face-to-face

2 semester

Lithuanian


5.

Study requirements

Prerequisites:

Co-requisites:

Work placement(s):

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable


7.

Number of ECTS credits allocated

Student's workload

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours

6

162

50

112


8.

Purpose of the course unit

A study of criminology aims the general competencies: 1) to develop students autonomy and self-learning; 2) analytical and critical thinking; 3) the ability to apply the acquired knowledge (summaries, evaluations, conclusions, recommendations, decisions); 4) the ability to decisively substantiate their statements during the debate. A study of criminology aims the professional competencies: 1) to develop scientific understanding of criminology; 2) acquisition of criminological understanding of objects, methods of cognition, results and solutions of crime problem; 3) to create the assumptions to have a qualified appreciation of crime, criminals, victims of crime and criminological aspects of social processes from criminological point of view.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Teaching and learning methods

Assessment methods

Will be able to evaluate their own and others safety aspects, will be able to select and implement appropriate measures to increase safety.

Academic and problematic lectures, self-study with recommended sources, seminar-based methods, case studies and reflection-based study methods, problems-based learning, discussion and debate.

An oral presentation, situation-solution tasks, case analysis, problem-solving tasks, frontal oral inquiry, individual oral inquiry, various creative tasks.

Will be able to assess the social processes from criminological point of view. Making socially significant decisions will be able to contribute to crime prevention, to reduction of crime and its harm.

Academic and problematic lectures, self-study with recommended sources, seminar-based methods, case studies and reflection-based study methods, problems-based learning, discussion and debate.

An oral presentation, situation-solution tasks, case analysis, problem-solving tasks, frontal oral inquiry, individual oral inquiry, various creative tasks.

Will be able to understand what science is criminology, what are the benefits of criminological understanding for lawyers and the whole society. Will acquire a qualified understanding of crime, crime features in Lithuania and the world, methods of criminological cognition, crime damage and causes of crime, features criminals and victims, crime prevention methods, influence of penalties for delinquent behaviour and criminological aspects of criminalization.

Academic and problematic lectures, self-study with recommended sources, seminar-based methods, case studies and reflection-based study methods, problems-based learning, discussion and debate.

An oral presentation, situation-solution tasks, case analysis, problem-solving tasks, frontal oral inquiry, individual oral inquiry, various creative tasks.

Will be able to understand the impact of the law on the choice of behaviour options.

Academic and problematic lectures, self-study with recommended sources, seminar-based methods, case studies and reflection-based study methods, problems-based learning, discussion and debate.

An oral presentation, situation-solution tasks, case analysis, problem-solving tasks, frontal oral inquiry, individual oral inquiry, various creative tasks.

Will be able to operate the most important scientific concepts of criminology and crime indicators. Will be able to understand, analyse and assess crime in a particular area.

Academic and problematic lectures, self-study with recommended sources, seminar-based methods, case studies and reflection-based study methods, problems-based learning, discussion and debate.

An oral presentation, situation-solution tasks, case analysis, problem-solving tasks, frontal oral inquiry, individual oral inquiry, various creative tasks.


9.

Course contens

Topics

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours and tasks

Tasks

1. Introduction. The conception of criminology. Evolution of criminological ideas.

2

4

6

14

individual work with recommended sources

2. Criminological cognition.
Criminological information.

2

6

8

19

individual work with recommended sources

3. Modern theories of criminal
behaviour.

6

12

18

41

individual work with recommended sources

4. Criminality.

2

4

6

14

individual work with recommended sources

5. Criminals. Socialization

2

2

5

individual work with recommended sources

6. Crime prevention.

2

3

5

12

individual work with recommended sources

7. Realization of criminological ideas.

2

1

3

7

individual work with recommended sources

Assessment

2

2

Overall

16

32

2

50

 

112

 


10.

Assessment strategy

Weighting percentage

Period or date of assessment

Assessment criteria

Tasks performance in seminars

50

During semester

The assessment of participation in seminars analysing speaking quality and quantity. Participation in seminars accounted using the scoring system where: • one point (significant short speaking or significant addition to speech); • two points (significant short speaking or significant addition to speech, reflecting the knowledge, based on criminological literature); • three points (raising extreme problem, which caused great debate in seminar, or the proposal an innovative, well-reasoned solution of the problem); • four points (significant wide speaking in seminar, reflecting the knowledge, based on additional criminological literature). Accumulated points at the end of the semester converted to cumulative scores using following formula: B = TxS/2xM Where: B - cumulative score of participation in the seminars expressed in ten-point system; T - a number of points collected in seminars; M - the maximum number of points, which is equal to the number of seminars have taken place, multiplied by 2; S - number of students in the group. More widely shall be informed about the evaluation system during the first seminar.

Examination

50

At the end of semester

Examination is made in written, target is complex through all course. The assessment is following: 10 points: excellent knowledge. Answer is excellent level, propositions are reasoned, are no inaccuracies; 9 points: very good knowledge. Answer is very good level, propositions are reasoned, possible nonessential inaccuracies; 8 points: good knowledge. Answer is good level, propositions are reasoned, are some inaccuracies; 7 points: average knowledge. Answer is not enough deep, not all propositions are reasoned, are inaccuracies; 6 points: satisfactory knowledge. Answer is superficial, not all propositions are reasoned, are mistakes; 5 points: weak knowledge. Answer is superficial, proposition is not reasoned, there are essential mistakes, but the answer faces minimum requirements; 4 points: low knowledge. Answer is superficial, proposition is not reasoned, there are essential mistakes; 3 points: bad knowledge. Answer is not essential, proposition is not reasoned, lots of essential mistakes; 2 points: very bad knowledge. Answer is not essential, wrong propositions; 1 point: absolutely bad knowledge. Answer is not essential, much wrong propositions.