Crime Policy and Globalisation

COURSE TITLE Crime Policy and Globalisation
If the ECTS Credits are distributed in distinct parts of the course e.g. lectures, labs etc. If the ECTS Credits are awarded to the whole course, then please indicate the teaching hours per week and the corresponding ECTS Credits.
3 6
Please, add lines if necessary. Teaching methods and organization of the course are described in section 4.

Background, General Knowledge, Scientific Area, Skill Development

Scientific Area


Learning Outcomes
Please describe the learning outcomes of the course: Knowledge, skills and abilities acquired after the successful completion of the course.
Students are expected to:

• To acquire the basic knowledge about the theory and legal basis of crime policy measures and standards.

• To become familiar with the institutional framework, research, analysis, and planning of Crime Policy, both at the level of the criminal-repressive system (internally and internationally), and at the level of social crime prevention.

• Develop critical social thinking in the analysis of social phenomena, such as crime and criminal response, crime response policies.

• To acquire a cognitive tool that will be used in the preparation and implementation of penal and non-penal policy programs and interventions inside and outside the penitentiary system

General Skills
Name the desirable general skills upon successful completion of the module
Search, analysis and synthesis of data and information,


Adaptation to new situations

Decision making

Autonomous work


Working in an international environment

Working in an interdisciplinary environment

Production of new research ideas

Project design and management

Equity and Inclusion

Respect for the natural environment


Demonstration of social, professional and moral responsibility and sensitivity to gender issues

Critical thinking

Promoting free, creative and inductive reasoning

Search, analysis and synthesis of data and information, ICT Use

Decision making

Autonomous work


Working in an international environment

Critical thinking

Equity and Inclusion

Promoting free, creative and inductive reasoning


Τhe course examines the theory, models, institutions and measures of crime policy in the context of globalization, with emphasis on new forms of criminal activity, but also on the role of supranational organizations and agencies in crime control. In particular, changes in the economy and the production system and the rapid development and penetration of technology in every aspect of human life, changed both the phenomenology of crime and crime control policies, bringing to the fore new challenges and social issues. Crime policy is now a key field of public policy-making in Greece and internationally, trying to balance between the protection of the right to security and the security of citizens’ rights. The course focuses on the conditions for the formation of formal social control, the relationship between crime policy and social policy and the formation of models and institutions of penal and non-penal policies of various forms of crime.


1. Introduction to the course: subject of the course, structure of the material and learning objectives. Introduction to the problematic of crime policy. Anti-crime policy in the context of globalization

2. General ideological standards of anti-crime policy – more prevalent and alternative standards. Relationship between crime and politics

3. Crime prevention. Concept, typologies. Social crime prevention.

4. Street crime. Crimes of violence. Criminal policy trends for street crime management.

5. Theoretical approaches to serious illegal acts. Financial crimes. State-corporate crime

6. Anti-crime policy and serious illegality. Theoretical approaches to organized crime. The symbiotic relationship between legality and illegality and the role of corruption.

7. The operation of the criminal-repressive system (selective operation, crimes of the powerful, inequalities and human rights).

8. Organized crime and security policies. More specific forms of organized criminal activity. Comparison with the phenomenon of terrorism.

9. Trends and transnational dimensions of crime policy. International and European anti-crime policy in relation to tackling organized crime and corruption

10. National legislation on tackling organized crime, corruption, and money laundering

11. Policies to deal with other forms of criminal activity (smuggling, extortion)

12. The organization of anti-crime policy (structures, structure of services, inter-service cooperation, institutional gaps and overlaps)

13. Presentation of assignments/dissertations.

Face to face, Distance learning, etc.
Face to face
Use of ICT in Teaching, in Laboratory Education, in Communication with students
Use of ICT in Teaching, Use of PPT in classes, use of the e-class for posting teaching material, announcements and for communicating with students.

The ways and methods of teaching are described in detail.

Lectures, Seminars, Laboratory Exercise, Field Exercise, Bibliographic research & analysis, Tutoring, Internship (Placement), Clinical Exercise, Art Workshop, Interactive learning, Study visits, Study / creation, project, creation, project. Etc.


The supervised and unsupervised workload per activity is indicated here, so that total workload per semester complies to ECTS standards.

Activity Workload/semester
Lectures 39


Interactive teaching 14


Preparation of a study-Research 38
Independent study-Research an

d preparation for the exams

Presentation of a Study-Research


Final Written Examination


Student Evaluation

Description of the evaluation process


Assessment Language, Assessment Methods, Formative or Concluding, Multiple Choice Test, Short Answer Questions, Essay Development Questions, Problem Solving, Written Assignment, Essay / Report, Oral Exam, Presentation in audience, Laboratory Report, Clinical examination of a patient, Artistic interpretation, Other/Others


Please indicate all relevant information about the course assessment and how students are informed 


The final evaluation considers:

1) The elaboration of an assignment-paper

2) The presentation of an assignment

3) The written examination.


Preparation and presentation of assignments:

The criteria for writing academic papers, assignments essays and presenting academic works apply. The main criteria are the accuracy and clarity of the use of terminology, the clear organization of the content and the appropriate use of the literature to develop the topic of the work. The use of ICT is necessary in the presentation.



Vidali, S., (2017), Beyond the boundaries: The Crime Policy today, Athens: Nomiki Vivliothiki (in Greek)

Course file (texts, reports, articles) posted in e-class.


Additional- in Greek:

Alexiadis, S. (2006), Texts on crime policy. A. European Anti-Crime Policy, Athens-Thessaloniki: Sakkoulas

Alexiadis, S. (2007), “Restorative Justice: Another approach to crime” in Honorary Volume for Professor Ioannis Manoledakis. T. II: Studies in Criminal Law – Criminology – Crime History, Athens-Thessaloniki: Sakkoulas, pp. 991-1017.

Alexiadis, S. (2010), The economics of crime, Athens-Thessaloniki: Sakkoulas.

Antonopoulou, A. (2010), Contemporary trends in crime policy, The policy of zero tolerance and crisis management measures, Athens-Thessaloniki: Sakkoulas.

Gasparinatou, M. (2006), “The formulation of crime policy in the society at risk”, Poinlogos, vol. 4/2006, pp. 1535-1552.

Gasparinatou, M. (2019), “Political corruption and financing of political parties” contribution to S. Vidalis, N. Koulouris, C. Papacharalambous (eds.) (2019), Crimes of the powerful: Corruption, Economic and Organized Crime, Athens: EAP Publications, pp. 157-183.

Gasparinatou, M. (2020), Dangerousness: The development of a “dangerous” construction. Criminological approach, Athens: TOPOS Publications

Gasparinatou, M. (2021), “Crime & Powers in the Greek State: The Gray Zone of Legality”, ANTIGONE: the question, Journal of Critical Criminology, the criminal problem and social control, Topos-EEMEKE publications, June 20 I No. 1, pp. 102-128.

Gasparinatou, M. (2021), “The Interconnection of White-Collar Crime & Organized Crime & the Gaps of Crime Policy”, in Vidali, S., Gasparinatou, M. Georgoulas, S., Themeli, O., Koulouris, N. Kouroutzas, C. Papanikolaou, G., Stamouli, E. (eds.), Social reality, Critical speech and criminal phenomenon, contributions to the 2nd conference of the Hellenic Society for the Study of Crime and Social Control, Athens: EEMEKE

Giannoulis, G. (2017), The risk of the perpetrator and the assessment of risks from a legal point of view. Volume I, Criminological, penitentiary, penal and methodological foundations, Athens: Sakkoulas.

Karagiannidis, Ch. (2011), Towards a participatory crime policy, Athens: Nomiki Vivliothiki

Nikolopoulos, G. (2008), The European Union as a body of crime policy. Athens: Nomiki Vivliothiki.

Papanikolaou, G. (2021), “Greece as a criminological challenge: a research project”, ANTIGONE: the question, Journal of Critical Criminology, the criminal problem and social control, Topos-EMEKE publications, June 2021 Volume I No. 1, pp. 44-70.

Pitsela, Angeliki (2011), The criminological approach to financial crime, Athens-Thessaloniki, Sakkoulas.

Stamouli, E. (2015), Security policies in Greece in relation to organized crime and terrorism and their consequences in anti-crime policy, Doctoral Thesis available at: page / 24 / mode / 2up

Stamouli, E. (2016), “Organized crime and economic crisis: trends and changes”, in M. Gasparinatou (Ed.), Crime and Criminal Repression in a Time of Crisis, Athens: Ant. N. Sakkoulas, pp.1194-1230.

Sykiotou, A. (2016), “Globalization and Crime Policy”, in M. Gasparinatou (ed.) Crime and criminal repression in a time of crisis, Honorary volume for Professor N. Kourakis, Athens: Ant, N. Sakkoulas, p. 182-213

Tzannetaki, T. (2006), Neoconservatism and the politics of zero tolerance, A critical view of the positions of James Q. Wilson, Athens- Komotini: Α.Ν. Sakkoulas.

Tzannetaki, T. (2011), “Standards of criminal repression. Positions and contrasts”, in A. Giotopoulou-Maragopoulou / A. Chalkia (eds.), Criminology in the face of contemporary challenges, Athens: Nomiki Vivliothiki, pp. 187-199.

Tzannetaki, T. (2018), “Standard Law”, in Spinelli, K., Kourakis, N., Kranidoti M., (ed.), (2018), Dictionary of Criminology, Athens: Topos, pp. 958-963

Tzannetaki, T. (2018), “Theory of broken windows and zero tolerance policy” in Spinellis, C., Courakis, N., Kranidoti M., (ed.), (2018), Dictionary of Criminology, Athens: Topos Publications, pp. 639-645.

Vidali, S. (2010), “Measurement of crime and anti-crime policy”, in Honorary Volume of Kalliopi D., Spinellis, Athens: Sakkoulas, pp. 559-580.

Vidali, S. (2014), Crime Policy, Athens: Nomiki Vivliothiki.

Zagoura, P. (2018), editing of the entry “Standard Welfare”, in Spinellis, C.,, Courakis, N. Kranidioti, M., (eds.), Dictionary of Criminology, Athens: Topos, pp. 964-969.

Zarafonitou, Ch., (2008), The new punitiveness. Athens: Nomiki Vivliothiki


In other languages

Cavadino, M., Dignan, J. (2006) Penal systems. London, Th. Daks, New Delhi: Sage.

Chambliss, W. (1978/1988), On the take. From petty crooks to presidents. Bloominghton: Indianna University Press

Cressey, D. (1969/2008), Theft of the Nation: The Structure and Operations of Organized Crime in America. Transaction Publishers

Delmas -Marty M. (2005), Πρότυπα και Tάσεις Αντεγκληματικής Πολιτικής (Μτφρ. Χρ. Ζαραφωνίτου), Αθήνα, Νομική Βιβλιοθήκη

Hughes, G. (1998), Understanding crime prevention: social control, risk and late modernity. Buckingham-Philadelphia: Open University Press.

Knepper, P. (2007), Criminology and social policy. Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore: Sage.





Alternative ways of examining a course in emergency situations


Teacher (full name): Nikolaos Koulouris, Associate Professor, Margarita Gasparinatou, Assistant Professor
Contact details:,
Supervisors: (1) No
Evaluation methods: (2) written assignment and exercises

written or oral examination with distance learning methods, provided that the integrity and reliability of the examination are ensured.


Implementation Instructions: (3) The examination of the course takes according to the examinations programme, announced by the Secretariat of the Department of Social Policy. Before the exams, students must have registered in e-class with their academic account, otherwise they are excluded. On the day of the exam, the topics of the exam are posted in the field ASSIGNMENTS-EXERCISES, and the students are asked to answer and posting their answers in a file format (word), within the predetermined time of the exam. The answers are submitted in the field “ASSIGNMENTS-EXERCISES” of e-class. During the examination, students can use bibliographic sources, as the topics require critical thinking and deep understanding of the topics.


The papers and presentations students prepare during the semester are taken into account as supporting the grade of the written exams (an up to 3 points bonus). For the bonus grade to be added, students are required to obtain a passable grade in the written examinations (at least 5 out of 10).


Throughout the examination students can communicate with the teachers through the electronic platform at the link of the course. On the same platform, students who are eligible to be examined orally and have declared it to the secretariat, are examined on the same topics of the written examinations.


  • Please write YES or NO
  • Note down the evaluation methods used by the teacher, e.g.
  • written assignment or/and exercises
  • written or oral examination with distance learning methods, provided that the integrity and reliability of the examination are ensured.
  • In the Implementation Instructions section, the teacher notes down clear instructions to the students:


  1. a) in case of written assignment and / or exercises: the deadline (e.g. the last week of the semester), the means of submission, the grading system, the grade percentage of the assignment in the final grade and any other necessary information.
  2. b) in case of oral examination with distance learning methods: the instructions for conducting the examination (e.g. in groups of X people), the way of administration of the questions to be answered, the distance learning platforms to be used, the technical means for the implementation of the examination (microphone, camera, word processor, internet connection, communication platform), the hyperlinks for the examination, the duration of the exam, the grading system, the percentage of the oral exam in the final grade, the ways in which the inviolability and reliability of the exam are ensured and any other necessary information.
  3. c) in case of written examination with distance learning methods: the way of administration of the questions to be answered, the way of submitting the answers, the duration of the exam, the grading system, the percentage of the written exam of the exam in the final grade, the ways in which the integrity and reliability of the exam are ensured and any other necessary information.

There should be an attached list with the Student Registration Numbers only of students eligible to participate in the examination.