Sociology of Organized Crime (Advanced)

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course has the following objectives: 1) to broaden the knowledge acquired during the basic teaching of Sociology of Organized Crime by presenting the results of the main and most recent academic researches on organized crime conducted at national and international level; 2) to provide the knowledge of the main methodological tools used in the field of research on organized crime, drawing from different disciplinary fields (sociology, criminology, anthropology and judicial hermeneutics) and focusing in particular on the analysis of the methods used for collecting and analysing oral sources and investigative-judicial documents; 3) to develop the ability to read critically institutional and media representations of the Mafia phenomenon.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding (knowledge and understanding) about: the main and most recent academic researches' results on organized crime produced at national and international level; the main concepts and methodological tools used in social sciences for studying organized crime; the methods of planning and conducting researches on organized crime (research design, collection and analysis of sources, elaboration of the results).
Ability to apply knowledge and understanding (applying knowledge and understanding) in relation: to the planning of sociological research on organized crime; preparing and conducting interviews and focus groups with key observers (magistrates, law enforcement, journalists, representatives of economic categories, social workers, etc.), and in-depth interviews with witnesses and collaborators with justice; to the collection and hermeneutical analysis of investigative documents (for example taped conversations) and judicial documents (for example, precautionary custody orders, sentences). During the course not only frontal lectures will be proposed, but also group activities aimed at setting up a research on organized crime, analyzing sources, elaborating interviews and, finally, communicating what has been acquired through group presentations.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Third trimester
Course syllabus
The programme is divided into two parts:
- the first part (8 hours) will be further divided into two parts: in the first a general overview of the main methodological tools used in the study of the mafia phenomenon will be presented; in the second part, two typologies of sources will be studied (court documents and interviews);
- the second part (12 hours) envisages the presentation of the most recent academic researches on organized crime carried out at national and international level. The attention will be directed not only to the results of these researches, but above all to their methods and sources (some of the scholars that have conducted these researches will present their work during the course).
Prerequisites for admission
The course of Sociology of organized crime is preparatory.
Teaching methods
The course includes:
- lectures supported by slides;
- critical readings of the sources (especially judicial files and interviews with state witnesses )
- direct listening to recordings of state's witness's testimonies
- lectures by Public Prosecutors and scholars, working on organized crime.
Teaching Resources
For students attending the course:
- Ingrascì O., Confessioni di un padre. Il pentito Emilio Di Giovine racconta la 'ndrangheta alla figlia, Melampo, Milano, 2013.
- Materiale fornito dalla docente durante il corso.
For students not attending the course:
- Ingrascì O., Confessioni di un padre. Il pentito Emilio Di Giovine racconta la 'ndrangheta alla figlia, Melampo, Milano, 2013.
- Martone, V., Le mafie di mezzo. Mercati e reti criminali a Roma e nel Lazio, Donzelli, Roma, 2017.

For all students (both attending and not attending the course) is reccomanded the critical reading of the following text:
- Dino A., A colloquio con Gaspare Spatuzza. Un racconto di vita, una storia di stragi, il Mulino, Bologna, 2016.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral exam in order to verify:
- student's knowledge of the subject-matters addressed during the course and reported in the texts envisaged in the programme;
- student's ability to critically interpret the sources used in the work reported in the material envisaged in the programme.
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Ingrasci' Ombretta