The nature and complexity of crime requires a committed, coherent interdisciplinary approach harnessing the most advanced international, cultural and critical insights of social sciences and law in a new doctoral training programme. The DCGC develops a politically engaged, international understanding and approach to crime and its control and prepares high-level doctoral candidates to work in the widest range of employment arenas concerned with understanding, preventing and responding to crime in a way which takes account of the global and cultural context.
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The continuing globalisation of economic, political, social, and cultural processes means that crime is constantly evolving. There is a need for new interdisciplinary criminological investigations that take a global and cultural perspective.
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The 21st century has brought an increasing awareness of the global and cultural dimensions of crime and crime control. An international and cultural perspective recognises the indeterminate borderline between ‘criminal’ and ‘non-criminal’ social harms, which means that equivalent forms of problems like environmental damage or youth transgression may or may not be formally criminalised in different parts of the world.
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So far European criminology has been based either within the social sciences or in law. The two fields are separated by departmental structures, educational and research programmes, and different modes of critical analysis, methodological approach and social engagement. There is a need to research crime and control from a global and cultural perspective, which requires the integration of the most advanced, global, cultural and critical aspects of both social science and law-based criminology.
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There can be no doubt that crime in all its manifestations is of critical, economic, social and political importance, and it is clear that in many spheres the understanding of and response to crime have not been successful. There is an urgent need for government bodies, NGOs, policy makers and criminal justice agencies to access and use high level expertise in developing effective policy responses to crime, which are based on a more profound critical understanding of the international, cultural context and an appreciation of the potential consequences of new more coordinated responses. The programme is intimately concerned with the development, execution and results of policy in response to the constantly changing, evolving range of ‘new’ crimes and associated harms.
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Citizenship is a vital skill and competence as graduates are expected to play in the wider civic, social and political arena. In order to develop active, culturally-sensitive, internationally-knowledgeable citizenship informed by self-reflective ethical and political awareness, the programme innovates in the recognition and cultivation of skills in ‘global-critical citizenship’, which is brought to the analysis of policy debate and social action.
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There is a need for interaction between cutting-edge European criminological approaches and the experience and practice of other countries and regions in the field of crime and crime control, particularly with Latin America, Africa, India and China. Through its relationships with third countries and their doctoral candidates, the programme develops the capacity for the application of academic criminological research to crime and justice policy in these regions.