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Jerzy Sarnecki on why Gävle’s criminology programme is the most popular in Sweden

Högskolan i Gävle

The study programme in applied criminology at the University of Gävle attracts more first choice applicants than other programmes in criminology in Sweden for the autumn 2018.

Jerzy Sarnecki

Adapted to the demands of the job market

Professor Jerzy Sarnecki is head of subject and participated in creating the programme in Gävle.

“What I thought was missing in Swedish criminology programmes today was a more practical dimension,” Jerzy Sarnecki says.

The programme in applied criminology is three years long and the first of its kind in Sweden as it has a more pronounced practical dimension than other programmes and is adapted to the demands of the job market.

We have succeeded

Jerzy Sarnecki says that their programme provides students with the skills needed in different workplaces that deal with issues regarding crime like crime prevention, but also in analysing, planning and evaluating the activities.

“In short, I wanted to create a programme which gave students this ability, and this has been successful. We are now very skilled in educating in criminology at the University of Gävle. Our programme prepares the students for working life and our hallmark is to give them the ability to evaluate various activities,” Jerzy Sarnecki says.

Unique in Sweden

“Because of its practical dimension, our programme is unique in Sweden. In every course module, we strive to connect theory to practice,” Programme Director My Lija states.

My Lilja informs us that they have placement periods, invite guest lecturer both from Sweden and from abroad and that many students write their degree projects in collaboration with a public authority like the police.

“The content in our programmes meets the expectations of the job market, a fact which makes our students attractive on the job market,” My Lilja concludes.

Gävle students are sought-after

The job market for individuals with skills in investigating and analysing crimes is expanding, and the demand for such skills is expected to increase in the next few years. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree in criminology can work within the police force, penitentiary institutions, municipal crime prevention boards, the social services, customs offices, health care institutions and within other administrative public authorities, organisations and businesses that deal with crime and crime prevention.

For more information, please contact:
Jerzy Sarnecki, professor in criminology at the University of Gävle
Email: jerzy.sarnecki@hig.se

My Lilja, Programme Director at the University of Gävle
phone: 026-64 82 16, 070-190 28 78
Email: my.lilja@hig.se


Text: Douglas Öhrbom
Foto Jerzy Sarnecki: Privat


Published by: Douglas Öhrbom Page responsible: Anders Munck Updated: 2018-05-06
Högskolan i Gävle
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