Launch of International Master’s in Advanced Research in Criminology (IMARC)

A new two year Joint Master’s programme delivered by a consortium of three European universities – University of Kent, Erasmus University Rotterdam and Ghent University – will respond critically, scientifically and in a policy-oriented manner to social questions that have dramatically changed the agendas of crime, harm and control.

IMARC is designed to bring together learning, research and practice through collaboration with already well-established international partners, governments, NGO’s and other universities.  As an interdisciplinary full-time programme, it will prepare students for the current demands in the field of border crossing, security and social justice.  Addressing these issues from a European and global perspective, experts in the field of international criminology are working together in one joint international educational programme. Through adopting a transnational lens, mobility between the three universities and to other countries is at the heart of the programme.

Both in a theoretical and in a practical perspective, IMARC covers a range of themes, including theory and methodology, geo-politics, cities and urban transformations, inclusion and exclusion, migration, human smuggling and trafficking, culture and hybrid identities, radicalisation and extremism, European Union law and policy on justice and home affairs, and regulation and control.  Students choose a thematic track in the second semester and participate in a mandatory Common Session in Critical Criminology, which is a twice-yearly conference for students and staff.

Kent’s School of Sociology, Social Policy, and Social Research will deliver the ‘Border crossing – theory, culture, power, and the global’ component of the programme. Here students focus on criminology in which critical, global and cultural aspects interact and pay greater attention to social justice, democracy, equality and rights.

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