Sociological Aspects of the Administration of Criminal Justice

lcrim2105  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Sociological Aspects of the Administration of Criminal Justice
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
4 credits
30.0 h
Kaminski Dan; Moreau Thierry (compensates Kaminski Dan);
Main themes
The course covers the sociological study of the operation of the criminal law system, from the inception of criminal law until the execution of the decisions of the framers of secondary criminalization.
On the one hand, the student is initiated into the systematic, theoretical formalization of the subject (disclosing how the path mentioned is not a straight one); on the other hand, the formalization of criminal action is validated, describing how it is produced by the social forces. Two models for the analysis of the administration of criminal justice are thus brought into play.
The theoretical study at issue is based on a dual entryway:
  1. a course of study covering the subsystems of the establishment of the law, of the police, of prosecution and sentencing policy, of the policy governing the execution of criminal sentences, and the social movements which are involved in the management of these subsystems;
  2. a course of study covering the application across different subsystems of certain problems or litigation which infuse the entire criminal justice administration.l

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 The aim of the course is to provide the student access to the results of criminological research into the organization and operation of the system that administers Criminal Justice and to thus provide him with contemporary forms of theoretical constructon on this subject, which brings together primary criminalization and secondary criminalization.
In a way, this course is the sociological counterpart of the student's training in criminal law and criminal procedure.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
  • D. Kaminski, Condamner, Eres (Toulouse), 2015
Teaching materials
  • D. Kaminski, Condamner, Eres (Toulouse), 2015
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Sociology

Master [120] in Criminology

Master [120] in Anthropology

Minor in Criminology