crime on candid camera

Observe undisturbed human interaction
Social scientists rarely get to observe undisturbed human interaction “in the raw”. Most of what we know about human behaviour is based on retrospective and subjective accounts. However, recently with the advent of advanced recording technologies like high quality CCTV, real-world observations of undisturbed human behaviour have become accessible to social scientists.
Course levelMaster/PhD
Recommended course combinationBlock 2: Crime in Numbers: From Correlation to Causation
Block 3: Crime and Location: Spatial Analysis and Mapping
Create a 4- or 6-week criminology programme with the track discount (see information below)
Block 1
8 to 22 July 2017
Co-ordinating lecturer    Dr. Marie Rosenkrantz Lindegaard
Other lecturersDr. Lidewyde Berckmoes
Form(s) of tuitionInteractive seminar, fieldwork, computer training
Form(s) of assessment    Short research paper, presentation
ECTS    3
Contact hours45
Tuition fee€1000
Track discount
Additional discount of € 100 per course, on top of combination discounts. Enter in online application form: EU Criminology Summer Programme 17

Students of Criminology, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Behavioural Ecology and Conflict Studies. If you have doubts about your eligibility for the course, please let us know. Students who are in their final year of bachelors studies or have obtained a full bachelors degree are able to register for this course. Our courses are multi-disciplinary and therefore are open to students with a wide variety of backgrounds.
Social scientists rarely get to observe undisturbed human interaction “in the raw”. Most of what we know about human behaviour is based on retrospective and subjective accounts. Particularly studies of illegal or socially undesirable activities such as violent and criminal behaviour, suffer from this way of measuring because we know that these accounts are biased. However, recently with the advent of advanced recording technologies like high quality CCTV, real-world observations of undisturbed human behaviour have become accessible to social scientists. This method has the potential to revolutionize behavioural science by revealing how we act when we think no-one is watching.
 
On this course you compare that method, and the data it produces, with insights from traditional forms of observation. In particular, you focus on behavior in criminal events under the auspices of expert lecturers from the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR). What makes an argument escalate into violence? What role do bystanders play? How do people respond to heated discussions in public space? What scenarios make robberies successful or unsuccessful? In addition to lectures on the theoretical underpinnings of interactional approaches to violence and crime, there is plenty of lab and field work. Your practical test bed is the city of Amsterdam, where you gather real observational data to answer a specific research question. You undertake the entire research cycle, from formulating a problem and hypothesis to collecting data, analysing it in an interactional framework and, finally, presenting your findings.

• You will be able to formulate research questions and hypotheses regarding observations of behavior in criminal events.
• You will be able to collect observational data about criminal events, ranging from participant observations to CCTV footage.
• You will be able to reflect on the biases involved in sample selection for observational data.
• You will be able to develop coding schemes for the interpretation of observational data related to your research question.
• You will be familiar with the sources of software for the analysis of interactions in time and space.
• See website for more.

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