3 ECTS credits
90 u studietijd

Aanbieding 1 met studiegidsnummer 4022005FER voor alle studenten in het 2e semester met een gespecialiseerd master niveau.

2e semester
Inschrijving onder examencontract
Beoordeling (0 tot 20)
2e zittijd mogelijk
Faculteit Recht en Criminologie
Elisabeth Enhus
Mattias Lucien De Backer
Lucas De Melo MelgaƧo (titularis)
Onderdelen en contacturen
18 contacturen Hoorcollege
72 contacturen Zelfstudie en externe werkvormen

The Crime and the City module consists of two different parts: “Crime and the City 1” (3ECTS) compulsory for students of the Master in Criminology and students of the Master in Urban Studies (module Urban Criminology). The second part, ‘Crime and the City 2” (6ECTS), is compulsory for students of the Master in Urban Studies (those who chose the module Urban Criminology) and elective for students of the Master in Criminology.

The overall purpose of these two courses, Crime and the City 1 and 2 (3 ECTS and 6 ECTS, respectively), is to give students insights in the dynamics of the city and in the way space matters to criminology. Space influences citizens’ lives, practices, experiences and emotions, at the same time that it is created and recreated on a daily basis by its dwellers, commuters, users, and visitors. These processes will be studied in their relationship with crime, fear, disorder and urban conflicts. These issues are analysed taking into account the broader processes of globalisation, social polarisation and cultural fragmentation. At a theoretical level, the courses aim to confront, criticize and complement mainstream criminological thinking with insights from urban studies literature.

The central theme of Crime and the City 1 is fear. This concept will be critically discussed, decomposed in its different meanings and connections to the city. Different aspects of fear will be treated: 1) the relationship between fear and space; 2) fear of the other (mainly gender and ethnicity); 3) the relationships between situational crime prevention and fear; 4) city walk in Brussels focusing on how fear shapes the city 5) the politics of fear, the relationships between fear and securitization; and 6)  labelling, representation, stigmatization of neighbourhoods. The course will mainly discuss the case of Brussels but will also compare it with international examples coming from Latin America (particularly Brazil), Palestine and Israel. The mandatory and supplementary texts referred to in this syllabus are available at the Canvas site of this course.

The course requires active participation in the preparation of the group assignment and in the reading of the texts assigned. The language of instruction is English and the study material will mainly consist of sources in this same language.

Bijkomende info

Evening students

9 contact hours – 81 hours of self-study


Lessons, assessment and other contact moments may take place face to face and/or online, depending on the measures imposed by the government regarding Covid-19 as well as the availability of the classrooms.


Algemene competenties

Knowledge and insight

  • Graduates have knowledge about and understanding of the city and the role of fear of crime and can debate current issues related to these topics;
  • Graduates can understand, judge and compare research on fear of crime and the city in different international contexts;
  • Graduates are able to identify how the urban is organized/constructed in a way that is related to fear, securitization, violence and crime;
  • Graduates are able to identify and critically discuss the main issues on fear of crime in the city of Brussels and are also able to compare them with other international cases;
  • Graduates have a more profound insight into the dynamics around fear of crime and fear of the other in an urban context.


  • Graduates can independently include, process and discuss the complex reality of urban life in their analyses;
  • Graduates can in groups describe and analyse policies regarding city and fear of crime based on theoretical insights about the urban;
  • Graduates can handle various sources of information (photo, film, etc.) in a creative manner to document fear in the city;
  • Graduates are able to think critically and discuss fear of crime and its social response in an urban context.


  • Graduates have a critical and integral attitude, which demonstrates intellectual curiosity and intellectual honesty and a mind-set of lifelong learning;
  • Graduates have a scientific interdisciplinary attitude with openness for different problem definitions and research methods;
  • Graduates have a great interest in social, geographical and criminological subjects and an ethical-scientific attitude towards the course and their colleagues;
  • Graduates deal with the emotional aspects of the studied phenomena;
  • Graduates are open minded and free of prejudice.


De beoordeling bestaat uit volgende opdrachtcategorieƫn:
Examen Schriftelijk bepaalt 60% van het eindcijfer

ZELF Groepswerk bepaalt 40% van het eindcijfer

Binnen de categorie Examen Schriftelijk dient men volgende opdrachten af te werken:

  • Examen Schriftelijk met een wegingsfactor 60 en aldus 60% van het totale eindcijfer.

Binnen de categorie ZELF Groepswerk dient men volgende opdrachten af te werken:

  • Groepswerk met een wegingsfactor 40 en aldus 40% van het totale eindcijfer.

Aanvullende info mbt evaluatie

The overall score of this compulsory master course ‘Crime and the City 1’ is determined by:

1. Written Exam (60%).

2. Group assignment (Group task 40%) 

Each student should take part in the two forms of assessment (written exam and group task) in order to be approved. Students who failed the course but obtained a mark of at least 10 on 20 in one of the evaluations are dispensed for these assessments in the next time they follow the course.

Toegestane onvoldoende
Kijk in het aanvullend OER van je faculteit na of een toegestane onvoldoende mogelijk is voor dit opleidingsonderdeel.

Academische context

Deze aanbieding maakt deel uit van de volgende studieplannen:
Master in de criminologische wetenschappen: Standaard traject
Master of Urban Studies: Standard track (enkel aangeboden in het Engels)
Educatieve master in de maatschappijwetenschappen: criminologische wetenschappen (90 ECTS, Etterbeek)