DCGC - Doctoral Programme in Cultural and Global Criminology

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  • Duration: 3 years


As we embark on the 21st century, we enter an age of pronounced social, political and economic upheaval. In these circumstances the cultural and global dimensions of crime and crime control are set to become key matters for public debate. How are we, for example, to interpret and respond to new global dimensions of illicit trafficking, transgressive youth culture, environmental harms and violent conflict?

Understanding the changing nature and increasing complexity of crime requires a committed, coherent and interdisciplinary approach to doctoral education. It must rise to the challenge presented by processes of cultural change and globalisation, and develop knowledge and methodologies capable of understanding and responding to new forms of crime and social harm.

Recognised as delivering a training of outstanding quality, the Doctorate in Cultural and Global Criminology (DCGC) is built upon the expertise and strengths of four major university centres in criminology: Kent, ELTE (Budapest), Hamburg and Utrecht. A European beacon of excellence in criminological research and education, the programme is informed by contemporary understandings of cultural contexts and global processes in crime, social harm and crime control. For the first time the methodologies and perspectives of the main disciplinary areas of European criminology – the social sciences and criminal law – are combined in an integrated and structured programme. With its international perspective, the DCGC highlights the significant national and regional variation in cultural understandings of crime, modes of regulation, criminal jurisdictions, differences in policing and prosecuting policy, community values and political culture. In this way the programme encourages critical reflection on the varying consequences of criminal law and its enforcement.

Addressing the urgent need for high level experts able to provide new knowledge and skills, candidates will receive training to enable them to work on projects which develop the capacity for critically-informed policy making at local, national and global levels. Candidates will apply innovative methodologies to original interdisciplinary research that targets contemporary crime problems. These include cultures of criminal transgression and crime control; drug culture and policy; environmental damage and other forms of social harm; transnational crime; corporate crime; international security policy and human rights; the interaction between crime, control, marginalisation and social exclusion (for more detail on the research themes see www.dcgc.eu).

The programme fosters mobility between different geographical and cultural areas, between the disciplines of social science and law, and between the university and organisations involved in civil- society action, criminal justice policy and crime control. It develops an understanding of wider ethics, rights, justice, power relations, democratic involvement and governance, and their relevance to crime, harm and control. In this way the DCGC prepares candidates to work in the widest range of employment arenas concerned with understanding, preventing and responding to crime in a way that takes account of cultural and global contexts.

Equipped with a high level of knowledge and skills, successful graduates of the programme will be ready to take up positions in universities, research institutes, policy bodies, civil-society organisations and criminal justice agencies, meeting a real need in European and international research and employment.

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