Laboratory: Organized Crime and Research Methodology.

A.Y. 2022/2023
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The laboratory provides the methodological tools suitable for carrying out research activities in the field of organized crime and mafias. Through an interdisciplinary approach, the course will focus on the main tools of social (qualitative and quantitative) and historical research, on the analysis of sources, on the places where they are stored, on how to consult them and on the critical issues related to their use. Finally, during the lessons, attention will be drawn to some key issues for understanding the mafia phenomenon, in the light of the most recent studies: from mafia violence to methods of controlling the territory, passing through the so-called "reati spia". How to set up a research on mafias? What tools to use to investigate the phenomenon? The laboratory will try to answer these questions.
Expected learning outcomes
- Acquisition of the main methodological and research design elements useful for the elaboration of research reports, papers, degree theses;
- Ability to structure research on organized crime;
- Critical reading of the main sources and useful tools for studying the mafia phenomenon.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First trimester
Course syllabus
The laboratory will focus on the main methodological tools in the social and historical sciences for studying and researching organized crime and mafias, proposing tools, sources and techniques useful for carrying out specific studies and research in this field.
Prerequisites for admission
Recommended prerequisite is to have attended at least one exam or course concerning organized crime and mafia. To attend the lessons of the laboratory it is mandatory to subscribe sending an email to [email protected] 1st to 16th September 2022 specifying the name, surname, identification number and degree course, specifying also the exam (if any) already attended in this field of study.
As the maximum number of students admitted is 20, we will consider the chronological order of the mail arrivals.
On 19 September the list of attending students will be announced by e-mail.
Attending at least the 80% of the lessons is the requirement to be considered attending students.
Students without attendance are not allowed.
Teaching methods
Frontal lesson
Group discussion
Seminar activities
Bibliographic material
Teaching Resources
Papers will be provided to supplement what was discussed in class.
Assessment methods and Criteria
At the end of the course, students will be required to write a short paper in Italian on a case study chosen by the student, previously agreed with the teacher. Students who have not achieved at least 80% attendance will not be able to take the exam.
Laboratories: 20 hours
Professor: Carni' Andrea