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Understanding Differences in Crime and Justice around the World...
Wed 1 March 2017, 17:30 – 18:30 GMT
Understanding Differences in Crime and Justice Around the World - Why Study Criminology?
Sacha Darke (Department of History, Sociology & Criminology)
5.30 - 6.30 p.m. in RS152 (Cayley Room)
This session introduces the BA Criminology degree at University of Westminster. It addresses two questions: Why study criminology? And why study crime and justice in other parts of the world?
It is said that with the technological and economic advances of the recent past, we live in a globalised world that is becoming increasingly. However, political and cultural differences remain. Globalisation has important implications for Criminology. Cocaine produced in South America, for example, increasingly makes its way to North America and Europe, but at the same time the motivations for young men continue to get involved in the drugs trade in Rio de Janeiro or London are still quite different. Similarly, across the world more and more people are being sent to prison, but average prison sentences remain far lower in Scandanavian countries like Sweden and Norway than in the United States.