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The Programme of Postgraduate Studies (MA) «CRIMINOLOGY», operates in the Department of Sociology of Panteion University as an officially recognized postgraduate programme by the Ministry of Education since the academic year of 2003-2004, initially under the title «The Contemporary Criminality and its Confrontation» (see the Government Newspaper Sheet No. 1200/26-8-2003) and since July 2014 under its current title (see the Government Newspaper Sheet No. 2006/23-7-2014 and 1661/10-6-16).

The section of Criminology has a substantial tradition in postgraduate studies, having since 1984, with a relevant decision of the Senate of Panteion University, its first Postgraduate Seminar in Criminology. Additionally, in the Section of Criminology operated since 1998, the direction of Criminology in the interdepartmental program of postgraduate studies “Social exclusion and Minorities” (EPEAEK, B’ KPS) of the Department of Sociology and the Department of Psychology of Panteion University, as well as the two-year postgraduate program of Euro-american collaboration of the Section of Criminology, on the topic “The globalization of crime and the response of justice”, which led to the grant of a joint diploma by six universities (American University Washington, Florida State University and Sam Houston-Texas University, Panteion University, University of Bologna, University of Barcelona).

The main objective of the postgraduate programme of Criminology is the study of the basic types of criminality and their evolution in Greece, in Europe and internationally, the exploration of the factors and the processes that contribute to its creation, as well as the analysis of the trends of the contemporary criminal policy.

The postgraduate students can work as specialized staff, researchers and consultants, in public and private services (Ministries of Justice, Interior, Education, etc), and in particular Police, detention centers, probation services, other social services (public or private), Local Councils for Crime Prevention, Centers for the prevention and confrontation of social exclusion (ex prisoners, drug addicts, immigrants, homeless, unemployed etc.) or support to victims of crime (abused women, children etc), as well as similar governmental or non-governmental agencies.

On the basis of the number of applications for the annual entry examinations for the MA “Criminology”, there is a high and continuously ongoing preference rate of the programme. The number of applications submitted varies between 250 and 300 annually, and specifically: for the academic years 2009-10 (163), 2010-11 (258), 2011-12 (203), 2012-13 (247) and 2013-14 (281). The amount of applications is considered to be very high, given the limited number of the positions provided through the entry examinations (15). It is also noteworthy that there is a significant amount of applications submitted by graduates of other Universities (apart from Panteion University) and Departments (apart from the Department of Sociology), which are the majority of applicants in all the aforementioned years, constituting about 65% of the applications. This finding is indicative of the resonance of the postgraduate program of Criminology at Panteion University, its recognition and its interdisciplinary character [Zarafonitou C., “Postgraduate studies of Criminology in Greek Universities: Teaching and research”, in C. Zarafonitou (ed.), The profession of criminologist today: content, challenges and prospects, Proceedings of the International Congress, Legal Library Publ. (Nomiki Vivliothiki), Athens, 2012, p. 100-115]. According to the abovementioned data, the positive reflection of the program is further reinforced by the career options of its graduates, as was concluded in the relevant study, which was carried out during the spring semester of the academic year 2010-11, and included those admitted in the program from the starting year of its operation (2003) and those graduated – having successfully presented their dissertation – until the aforementioned period that the cataloguing took place.

Based on the previous, the number of the postgraduates between 2003 and 2010 was ninety-six (96), from whom twenty-six (26) men (27,1%) and seventy (70) women (73%). Furthermore, after contacting by telephone the aforementioned postgraduates (81 individuals, 23 men-58 women), it has been shown among other, the increase of those working in the public sector since their graduation (+32,1%), without any decrease in the number of those working in the private sector, as well as the significant increase (55,5%) of those working in general after their graduation (of the 27, who did not work at the year of entry in the postgraduate programme, 15 have found a job after graduation).

The postgraduate Master in “Criminology” had achieved excellent evaluation, as is analytically presented in the related part.

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