The Comparative Approach in the Teaching of Criminology

Lode Walgrave, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

From the outset criminology has been a discipline in which the international and comparative approach gained full attention. Although continental European Criminology has been developed and mostly still operates within the institutional borders of the Faculties of Law, at least in some countries, full fledged independent teaching programs (1st, 2nd and 3rd degree) are available. These programs reflect the fundamental encounter between behavioral, normative and ethical approaches of crime and crime policies. The international and comparative dimensions of these approaches are a strong component. This is especially true for theory and teaching and more difficult to achieve in research projects.

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Updated 05/20/2006