KRIM2952 – A Criminology of Globalization

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Course content


The course will use the grading scale A-F.


The course seeks to develop understanding of the central criminological perspectives on globalization, and crime control. Particular attention is paid to the social forces and contexts in which global transformation influence and shape the nature of contemporary crime and punishment. Topics covered vary from year to year but are likely to include: migration, human trafficking and smuggling, terrorism and the war on terror, global policing and the war on drugs.

Learning outcome


At the end of the course, you will have obtained knowledge of the most central debates, questions, and ideas that have shaped contemporary understanding of globalization within criminology. You will have received, among other, an understanding of the following:

  • An understanding of globalization as a phenomenon, as well as a number of controversies raised by the term.
  • An understanding of the multiple ways in which global inequality shapes contemporary crime control strategies.
  • The changing role of the state and state sovereignty under conditions of globalization.
  • The changing parameters of security and its perceptions in the post-9/11 climate.
  • The conflicting and contradictory nature of the cultural dynamics of globalization, particularly as it pertains to issues of migration, culture and national identity.


Students will:

  • Learn to interpret, analyze and critically discuss scholarly texts and form an informed opinion on contemporary issues and controversies in transnational crime, criminal justice and punishment.
  • Be encouraged to think seriously about the role of the state and criminal law in regulating cross-border threats and harms and the place and limitations of criminal justice interventions in producing safe societies.
  • Be encouraged to think about normative aspects of global interconnectedness, particularly as articulated in various theories of justice and in terms of criminology’s engagement with human rights.                                    


Students will:

  • enhance their capability to question and discuss urgent and sensitive aspects of contemporary social and political debates about cross-border crime and security.
  • enhance their capability to formulate and reflect on their own ideas about crime, social harm, security and justice.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

No obligatory prerequisites beyond the minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with KRIM4952 – A Criminology of Globalization




Students are graded on the basis of a 3-day take-home exam.

Size: Maximum 2000 words (roughly 5 pages). Front page, contents page (optional) and bibliography are not included. If footnotes are used in the text (at the bottom of each page), they are included in the 2000 word limit.

The essays shall be handed in electronically through Inspera.

Any exam at the University of Oslo are being checked for both correct word count and incidents of cheating.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

The language of examination is English. It is also possible to submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish or Danish.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Marking criteria 

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Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

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Autumn 2022


Autumn 2022

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