Curricular Unit:Code:
History of Criminal Thought780HPCR
1UndergraduateCriminology6 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Winter SemesterPortuguese/English78
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
a) Know and identify the different stages of criminological thought, the main ideas of each and the authors of reference using especialized textbooks.
b) Identify the fundamental differences between the different stages of thought and criminological perspectives have emerged whether this evolution and theis practical application to real context.
c) Understand the problem of measuring the criminal phenomenon and its implications.
d) Develop a holistic understanding of the criminal phenomenon.
e) develop oral and written competences showing a a good domain of concepts.
Unit I-Historical evolution of criminological thought
1.1. Pre-scientific stage of Criminology.
1.2. Classical Criminology.
1.3. First scientific guidelines.
1.4. The stage of scientific Criminology.
Unit II – Criminology as a science.
2.1.The object of study of Criminology.
2.2. Criminology as empirical and interdisciplinary science.
2.3. Measuring crimes.
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
The contents of this course show how different societies thought about crime and criminals throughout the centuries. It is intended that the student knows how to contextualize the different perspectives and understand the historical bases of modern criminology. Analyzing the different ways of interpretation of criminal phenomena that have emerged over the centuries the student can develop a holistic view about this problem.
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
The teaching methodology is focused on theoretical content display, reading texts and exercises. The assessment includes two written test (50% each).
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
The teaching methodology is focused on theoretical content display, reading texts and exercises and aims to promote the understanding of main ideas about crime from each era and the main authors and how these ideas were evolving from a time called pre-scientific until current Criminology. The reading of texts and reflections will allow the student to apply in a practical way the theoretical contents and earning ability of argument about the criminal phenomenon.
*Cusson, M.( 2007). Criminologia. Cruz Quebrada: Casa das Letras
*Dias, J. F., & Andrade, M. C. (Eds.). (1997). Criminologia: O homem
delinquente e a sociedade criminógena. Coimbra: Coimbra Editora.
Liebling, A.; Maruna, S. & McAra. L. (Eds.)(2017). The Oxford Handbook of Criminology. New York : Oxford University Press.
**Maia, R., Nunes, L., Caridade, S., Sani, A., Estrada, R., Nogueira, C., Fernandes, H. & Afonso, L. (2016). Dicionário "Crime, Justiça e Sociedade". Lisboa: Edições Sílabo.
Newburn (Ed. 2009). Key Readings in Criminology. Devon : Willan Publishing.
Walsh, A. & Hemmens, C (2018). Introduction to Criminology: A Text/Reader. Singapure: Sage.
Lecturer (* Responsible):
Ana Sacau (
João Próspero (