Intorducing the Department of Criminology, Criminal Policy and Police Science

Since its foundation in 1974 by Professor Dr. Hans-Dieter Schwind, the Department of Criminology, Criminal Policy and Police Science has established a notable reputation as one of the leading educational and research institutions in the fields of criminology and police science in Germany. The early focus on a more practical oriented approach, in close cooperation with police and governmental institutions, led to a variety of research projects on a national and international level. In 2002, Professor Dr. Thomas Feltes took over the role as the head of the Department of Criminology at the Faculty of Law of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB). As a co-opted member of the Faculty of Social Sciences, he leads an interdisciplinary team of researchers (PhD candidates) and student assistants of the disciplines of criminology, economics, law, pedagogy, political and other social sciences.

Teaching contributions include lectures, seminars and consortiums in criminology, juvenile justice and penal law. In particular, the pioneering involvement in e-learning methods has not only been well received by students in criminology (“Kriminologie I”) who have to commute every day within the metropolitan area of the Ruhr, but has also laid ground for the extra-occupational Blended- Learning master's program in Criminology and Police Science (, targeting police officers, social workers, lawyers, psychologists, psychiatrists and others who work in the field of criminology and criminal justice from around Germany. In 2010, first initiatives started for the introduction  of  an international  distance-learning master's  program  in  Criminal  Justice, Governance and Police science ( with an emphasis on international security and justice perspectives.

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With an existing academic network and close ties to practitioners and institutions related to (international) security, law enforcement and justice, the Department of Criminology, Criminal Policy and Police Science is determined to maintain and advance educational quality, further strengthen its international ties and meet new challenges. This brochure aims to give an overview on the research fields, current international projects and the educational opportunities ahead.

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