Model course syllabus “The United Nations and Crime Prevention”

The last two decades have seen dramatic changes in the field of international crime prevention and criminal justice. Evidenced-based justice and crime prevention has been challenged by calls not only to relax the criminal procedure, but to get tough on first-time offenders, and even tougher on recidivists. If every second violent offender returns to prison, then reducing the number of future crime victims does not only depend on more successful prisoner’s rehabilitation but also on social reintegration of those released and better anti-victimization strategies and policies, starting with early prevention. In line with the progressive United Nations international law, criminal policy and social justice objectives this course examines how to reduce the number of future offenders and victims by especially focusing on the intergenerational (individual and social), intercultural and international aspects of early crime prevention, primary or secondary. The course goes also through the related tertiary crime prevention and criminological concepts in connection with criminal violence, security, safety, sustainable development, public participation, good governance and intercultural training skills – for the social rehabilitation/reintegration for the rule of law across the world. From this level the course draws country and urban examples of practical glocal (global/local) countering to various forms of crime. These criminological concepts, examples and issues ranging from psychopathic to emphatic/cooperative/networking aspects involved in the question of youth, violent and transnational organized crime will be presented in terms of the United Nations crime prevention principles and good practices; particularly, principles that aim at the protection of children and youth at risk. This will be done in accordance with the United Nations interdisciplinary experience and the related law, including the UN Charter aiming at saving succeeding generations from the scourge of war.

This objective implies intergenerational learning of such crime prevention principles and practices that contribute to: (a) the UN Justice and Security Sector Reform (SSR), a recent major global criminal policy overhaul in 193 Member States of the Organization, and (b) the forthcoming post-2015 UN sustainable development goals (SDGs). In this framework, and conversely, the course is helpful to making inroads into the prevention of crime by next generations with those who may violate the rule of law. The course’s emphasis is on more public, cooperative, inclusive, accountable and evidence-based work to counter poverty that undermines the SSR’s goal to develop a more comprehensive human security framework.


Model Course – The United Nations and Crime Prevention

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