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Programme:

Criminalistics and Security Studies

Study Cycle: First Cycle (Undergraduate)
Faculty: Law
Academic year: 2019 / 2020
Title: Bachelor in Criminalistics and Security
ECTS: 180 (3 years) Accrediation

This program involves widening and deepening, or the differentiation of education within legal studies.

The study program in Criminalistics and Security will allow students:

  • To acquire basic knowledge in concepts and issues in the field of criminalistics and security.
  • To develop skills for using appropriate terminology and related concepts in the field of criminalistics and security.
  • To identify and analyze problems related to criminalistics and security.
  • Be able to critically analyze the concepts and notions.
  • To acquire specific skills and knowledge of practical importance for their future career in the field of criminalistics and security.
  • To select and apply appropriate framework in the respective area in order to solve problems by applying appropriate techniques.
  • To integrate the knowledge accumulated in the organization with the purpose of decision making.
  • To effectively communicate solutions and knowledge.
  • To develop personal skills of communication, research, and analysis that are required for the  employment of graduate students in this program.
  • To develop multilingual education by promoting interethnic and intercultural dialogue.

For the implementation of the program academic staff from SEEU, UKIM-Skopje and from the Universities in the region: Zagreb, Pristina, Sarajevo and Tirana will be engaged. For the implementation of the study program, the engagement of visiting lecturers will be planned from universities that cooperate with SEEU in the context of mobility in the European Higher Education Area (EAHE) and also based on the principles of the Bologna declaration.

The study program in the first cycle in Criminalistics and Security will last three (3) years. Upon successful completion of studies, students will acquire a degree for completed undergraduate studies in first cycle: Bachelors in Criminalistics and Security.

After graduation, students should:

  • Have basic knowledge in criminalistics techniques and tactics.
  • To have a more detailed knowledge on the subject of study as well as knowledge on separate concepts specific to criminalistics techniques and tactics.
  • Obtain individual critical thinking.
  • Be able to perform analysis and research relevant to criminalistics techniques and tactics.
  • To acquire certain skills in criminalistics techniques and tactics necessary for their future career.
  • Be able to present results of research, work in a team and debate.
  • Be able to apply theory to practical cases in real life.
  • For carrying out the program academic staff from SEEU, UKIM-Skopje and Universities in the region: Zagreb, Pristina, Sarajevo and Tirana will be engaged. For the implementation of the study program it is also planned to engage visiting lecturers from universities that cooperate with SEEU in the context of mobility in the European Higher Education Area (ZEPVO) and also based on the principles of the Bologna declaration.
  • The study program in the first cycle in Criminalistics and Security will last three (3) years. Upon successful completion of their studies, students will acquire a degree for completed undergraduate studies in first cycle: Bachelors in Criminalistics and Security with opportunities to continue graduate studies in the field of security and to acquire employment in the bodies and institutions related to the security system of the Republic of Macedonia.
Knowledge and understanding
  • Students will have basic knowledge on the concepts and issues related to the legal sources and institutions of law in a broader sense, especially in the introduction to law, constitutional law, administrative law, the historical context of law (Roman law and history of law), civil law and property law.
  • Students will have basic knowledge on the concepts and issues related to sources and institutions specific to criminal law and related sciences such as: criminal law and criminal procedural law, criminology, penology, victimology and the international context of criminal law (international criminal law, human rights, international relations, international terrorism).
  • Students will have basic knowledge on the concepts and issues related to security such as: criminalistics (technique, tactics and methodology), police law and knowledge of forensic sciences
Applying knowledge and understanding
  • Identify and analyze problems related to criminalistics and security and is prepared to participate in the preparation of legal acts and documents in specific criminal procedures, to write requests and other documents used in a criminal proceeding.
  • Selects and implements appropriate framework in his field of research to solve problems through application of proper techniques in the field of criminalistics and security.
Making judgement
  • Critically analyze the concepts and terms in various stages of criminal proceedings (investigative and court procedure).
  • To integrate the accumulated knowledge in making decisions related to the interpretation of the law in connection with security issues.
  • Analyzes and is accountable for findings in his profession based on his/her knowledge and the interpretation of the law.
  • Works as a clerk in state institutions that deal with crime prevention.
Communication skills
  • Possesses a wide range of presentation skills, oral and written expressions that are necessary for exercising the profession of a lawyer, especially in the fields of criminalistics and security.
  • Effectively involved in argumentation and debate in a criminal procedure using professional terminology with other subjects of criminal procedure including judges, public prosecutors and lawyers.
Learning skills
  • Develops a system of learning that includes identification, classification and use of sources of law.
  • Has successfully used the skills associated with the use of literature and information technologies in order to gain legal knowledge.
  • Successfully solves problems in front of specialized and non specialized audience.

Semester 1

  • [6 ECTS] History of the Law of Institutions
    The course aims to: * To familiarize students with the historical development of the law and the State, and the main legal and social notions. * To gain knowledge about the historical development of the legal opinion in a way that students can understand legal opinions in the past and present. * The students should be able to distinguish socio - legal formations in the past and to understand their evolution * Students to gain knowledge about the historical development of specific parts of positive law (civil, criminal, administrative, family and inheritance law, etc). * Students should be able to understand the logic of the functioning of the State and the law in ancient civilizations and in the Middle Ages and to create ideas by connecting them with modern times.
  • [6 ECTS] Sociology of Law
    The contents of the Sociology of Law syllabus will offer the students a different, innovative approach to examining legal phenomena. That is to say that students will view the law as an integral element of the social structure offers the possibility of perceiving the social factors and processes which initiate the creation of the law, determine its internal coherence and mark the level of its efficiency as a regulator. The student will also be able to perceive and analyze the feedback – the influence of the legal norms on the society, its development and stability. As a result of this kind of approach to the course, students will be able to view law in a broader perspective than the normative acts, looking for its relationship with the social phenomena. In the end students will be able to think critically on the legal system and to put questions regarding it improvement and harmonization with the needs of the society.
  • [6 ECTS] Introduction to Law
    Objectives of the course (competencies): - Students gain basic knowledge about the law and the State; - Empower students in acquiring theoretical knowledge related to the various forms of the State; - Critical review of the law as a social phenomenon; - Encourage analytical review by students related to the problems now facing the State and the law in terms of globalization and European integration; - At the end of the course students will be able to distinguish the basic forms of the State and the law; - To explain the basic notions of the State and the law and their connection with real life; - To gain a basic, introductory and general knowledge of the State and the law that will be needed for their further studies in general legal sciences;
  • [3 ECTS] Elective course on Enlish language 1
    Language Courses
    • Albanian Language for Professional Purposes
    • Academic Writing in English
    • Academic Writing in Macedonian
    • Academic Writing in Albanian
    • German Language (level 1 to 4)
    • French Language
    Communication Skills
    • Public Speaking
    • Intercultural Studies
    • Communication Skills
    IT Skills
    • Advanced Excel
    • Advanced IT skills
    • Advanced knowledge of Word and PowerPoint
    • Google Apps
    • Advanced Access
    • Desktop Publications
    • Web Publications
    Miscellaneous
    • Environmental Protection
    • Sports, Recreation and Culture
    • Professional Career Development
  • [3 ECTS] Elective course on Albanian/Macedonian language 1
    Language Courses
    • Albanian Language for Professional Purposes
    • Academic Writing in English
    • Academic Writing in Macedonian
    • Academic Writing in Albanian
    • German Language (level 1 to 4)
    • French Language
    Communication Skills
    • Public Speaking
    • Intercultural Studies
    • Communication Skills
    IT Skills
    • Advanced Excel
    • Advanced IT skills
    • Advanced knowledge of Word and PowerPoint
    • Google Apps
    • Advanced Access
    • Desktop Publications
    • Web Publications
    Miscellaneous
    • Environmental Protection
    • Sports, Recreation and Culture
    • Professional Career Development
  • [6 ECTS] Free elective
    Language Courses
    • Albanian Language for Professional Purposes
    • Academic Writing in English
    • Academic Writing in Macedonian
    • Academic Writing in Albanian
    • German Language (level 1 to 4)
    • French Language
    Communication Skills
    • Public Speaking
    • Intercultural Studies
    • Communication Skills
    IT Skills
    • Advanced Excel
    • Advanced IT skills
    • Advanced knowledge of Word and PowerPoint
    • Google Apps
    • Advanced Access
    • Desktop Publications
    • Web Publications
    Miscellaneous
    • Environmental Protection
    • Sports, Recreation and Culture
    • Professional Career Development

Semester 2

  • [6 ECTS] Constitutional Law
    Objectives of the course (competencies): - Gaining knowledge about concepts, phenomena and institutes of constitutional law and the State institutions in the Republic of Macedonia (RM) including here the various theoretical positions on them; - Gaining specific knowledge on constitutional law as a science and legal branch, including a comparative analysis of the situation and perspectives of the same in regional and European domain; - Through this module students will acquire basic theoretical and practical knowledge about the organization of state power in the RM as well as about the freedoms and rights of man and citizen; - To encourage critical thinking by students about the basic issues related to constitutional order in the RM as well as in the EU by taking into account the profile of a European lawyer that in the future as an expert will need to interpret and apply the European constitutional law both at national and the European level; - The course will address the relevant issues in constitutional law in a comparative and a national perspective because in an era of globalization, constitutional law can not be understood if considered solely in national terms; - The course will also cover: the new Rules of Procedure of the Parliament which has a key role in developing parliamentary democracy in the Republic, the new laws regulating constitutional issues such as the laws related to the judiciary, local government, electoral system, civil society, defence, foreign policy, etc.; - Besides this normative component, the course will include also the practice of the central government bodies in the RM such as the Assembly, the Government, the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court which play a major role on constitutional law as a science; - Also it will include constitutional amendments of 2001 that have a major impact on the “majority democracy” in the RM and the fundamental values of the constitutional order of the RM as well as the constitutional amendments of 2005 in connection to the judicial reforms in the RM; - At the end of the course, students will be able to make fundamental and substantive differentiation between constitutional institutions, their interconnection and their practical operation; - To make the necessary theoretical and practical differentiation of concepts, phenomena and institutes of constitutional law; - To describe and analyze the various processes within the constitutional system and the order of the RM in all aspects of the constitutional life of the country, which means the life of persons, citizen, state and ethnic communities;
  • [6 ECTS] Civil Law and Property Law
    The purpose of the course in civil and property law is for students to acquire basic theoretical knowledge in this area of the law. After the completion of the course students are expected to have gained knowledge on the notions and scope of civil and property law, for the legal subjects, the principles, legal sources and the various types of legal capacity, for the civil law relations, the legal acts, property and legal and natural persons related rights, principles of property law, possession, the right of ownership, right of servitude, public records etc. It is expected that students will develop the awareness about these institutes and the critical skills to approach the law and legal argument in the fields of civil law and property law.
  • [6 ECTS] Legal Writing and Reasoning
  • [3 ECTS] Elective course on English language 2
    Language Courses
    • Albanian Language for Professional Purposes
    • Academic Writing in English
    • Academic Writing in Macedonian
    • Academic Writing in Albanian
    • German Language (level 1 to 4)
    • French Language
    Communication Skills
    • Public Speaking
    • Intercultural Studies
    • Communication Skills
    IT Skills
    • Advanced Excel
    • Advanced IT skills
    • Advanced knowledge of Word and PowerPoint
    • Google Apps
    • Advanced Access
    • Desktop Publications
    • Web Publications
    Miscellaneous
    • Environmental Protection
    • Sports, Recreation and Culture
    • Professional Career Development
  • [3 ECTS] Elective course on Albanian/Macedonian language 1
    Language Courses
    • Albanian Language for Professional Purposes
    • Academic Writing in English
    • Academic Writing in Macedonian
    • Academic Writing in Albanian
    • German Language (level 1 to 4)
    • French Language
    Communication Skills
    • Public Speaking
    • Intercultural Studies
    • Communication Skills
    IT Skills
    • Advanced Excel
    • Advanced IT skills
    • Advanced knowledge of Word and PowerPoint
    • Google Apps
    • Advanced Access
    • Desktop Publications
    • Web Publications
    Miscellaneous
    • Environmental Protection
    • Sports, Recreation and Culture
    • Professional Career Development
  • [6 ECTS] Free elective
    Language Courses
    • Albanian Language for Professional Purposes
    • Academic Writing in English
    • Academic Writing in Macedonian
    • Academic Writing in Albanian
    • German Language (level 1 to 4)
    • French Language
    Communication Skills
    • Public Speaking
    • Intercultural Studies
    • Communication Skills
    IT Skills
    • Advanced Excel
    • Advanced IT skills
    • Advanced knowledge of Word and PowerPoint
    • Google Apps
    • Advanced Access
    • Desktop Publications
    • Web Publications
    Miscellaneous
    • Environmental Protection
    • Sports, Recreation and Culture
    • Professional Career Development

Semester 3

  • [6 ECTS] Contemporary Criminalistics Theories
    Through this course students will be introduced to new forms of development of criminalistics science. Given that this is a very dynamic course, also considering that the program offers the latest information for the science of criminalistics, it is quite natural to have a specific course that will present in a systematic way the most important contemporary theories in the field of criminalistics always taking into account their utilitarian nature and the application of new technologies within the criminalistics studies and research.
  • [6 ECTS] Basics of Criminalistics
    In this course, students will acquire and deepen their knowledge in criminalistics. This discipline in a wide sense contributes in fighting crime aiding its detection and prevention. The program of criminalistics will be elaborated in a theoretical and practical aspect (through consultation, reference literature, debates and discussions with students). The purpose of this course is to prepare and train the students for use and application of modern criminalistics tools and methods employed to detect and explain the various crimes as well as in regards to crime prevention.
  • [6 ECTS] Criminology
    Objectives of the course program (competencies): * Acquiring knowledge about the field of study in Criminology and Penology, the major criminological and penological institutions, the significance and impact of various factors in committing crimes, criminological examination related to the perpetrators and victims of criminal offenses, the development of the idea of punishment as a response to crimes, the types of sanctions according to the legislation of the RM and their enforcement and penitentiary institutions in the RM. * Identification and analysis of criminological and penological problems. * Critical analysis of the concepts and terms specific to research in penology and criminology. * Successful use of the acquired terminology in the field of Criminology and Penology in various debates by using arguments in this field. Develop a system of learning by identification and use of the main sources of Criminology and Penology.
  • [6 ECTS] Free elective course
    Language Courses
    • Albanian Language for Professional Purposes
    • Academic Writing in English
    • Academic Writing in Macedonian
    • Academic Writing in Albanian
    • German Language (level 1 to 4)
    • French Language
    Communication Skills
    • Public Speaking
    • Intercultural Studies
    • Communication Skills
    IT Skills
    • Advanced Excel
    • Advanced IT skills
    • Advanced knowledge of Word and PowerPoint
    • Google Apps
    • Advanced Access
    • Desktop Publications
    • Web Publications
    Miscellaneous
    • Environmental Protection
    • Sports, Recreation and Culture
    • Professional Career Development
  • [6 ECTS] Elective Course in English Language for specific purposes 1
    Language Courses
    • Albanian Language for Professional Purposes
    • Academic Writing in English
    • Academic Writing in Macedonian
    • Academic Writing in Albanian
    • German Language (level 1 to 4)
    • French Language
    Communication Skills
    • Public Speaking
    • Intercultural Studies
    • Communication Skills
    IT Skills
    • Advanced Excel
    • Advanced IT skills
    • Advanced knowledge of Word and PowerPoint
    • Google Apps
    • Advanced Access
    • Desktop Publications
    • Web Publications
    Miscellaneous
    • Environmental Protection
    • Sports, Recreation and Culture
    • Professional Career Development

Semester 4

  • [6 ECTS] Criminal Law
    The purpose of this course is for students to acquire basic knowledge in the field of criminal law. Upon successful completion of this course students are expected to have gained a solid knowledge regarding topics taught related to criminal law, criminal offenses and the criminal liability of the perpetrator, and the sanctions and other legal consequences of the offense committed. After the completion of the course, it is expected that the students will be able to use the notions learned through arguments in a discussion; to be trained for substantial research in respect to these notions; to assess the merits and correctness of relevant court decisions.
  • [6 ECTS] Criminalistics Techniques and Tactics
    The reason for teaching certain topics in Criminalistics in the studies of criminalistics is the preparation and training - specialization, for use and application of modern means and methods for detecting and explaining as well as preventing crime. Specialization in this area is needed especially for those who will be working in institutions such as the courts, public prosecutors and judicial police. Criminalistics has as its legal basis the criminal law legislation, criminal procedural law, the bylaws deriving from their implementation. Every element of the criminal offense that is foreseen by the Criminal Code and proving the same includes the determination of the totality of the facts and circumstances that have significance for a fair settlement of the issue. Thus, the subject of proof constitutes also the limits within which the methods and technical means are applied as well as the methodological recommendations. Outside these limits, no criminalistics methods and tools cannot be used for determining the material truth in criminal matters.
  • [6 ECTS] Penology
    The goals of the course are: 1. Acquainting knowledge on Criminology and Penology, the main criminological and penological institutions, the importance and impact of various factors on committing crimes, criminological examination of the perpetrator and victim of the offense, the development of the idea of punishment as a response to crime, types of sanctions based on the legislation of the Republic of Macedonia and their execution, as well as the penitentiary institutions in the Republic of Macedonia. 2. Identification and analysis of criminological and penological problems. 3. Critical analysis of concepts and terms typical to criminological and penological research. 4. Successful usage of the acquired terminology in the field of Criminology and Penology in various debates and discussions in this field. 5. Develop a system of learning by identification and use of the main sources of Criminology and Penology.
  • [6 ECTS] Elective Course in English Language for specific purposes 2
    Language Courses
    • Albanian Language for Professional Purposes
    • Academic Writing in English
    • Academic Writing in Macedonian
    • Academic Writing in Albanian
    • German Language (level 1 to 4)
    • French Language
    Communication Skills
    • Public Speaking
    • Intercultural Studies
    • Communication Skills
    IT Skills
    • Advanced Excel
    • Advanced IT skills
    • Advanced knowledge of Word and PowerPoint
    • Google Apps
    • Advanced Access
    • Desktop Publications
    • Web Publications
    Miscellaneous
    • Environmental Protection
    • Sports, Recreation and Culture
    • Professional Career Development
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course 4
    • Police law
    • Computer Crime
    • Human Trafficking

Semester 5

  • [6 ECTS] Criminal Procedural Law
    The purpose of the course Criminal Procedural Law is to familiarize the students with the provisions of the law on criminal procedural that legally regulate the activities of the procedural authorities and other procedural parties and enable the students for their application in legal practice.
  • [6 ECTS] Criminalistics Methods
    Criminalistics methodology is a special part of criminalistics tactics which examines and identifies the ways and methods to detect specific types or groups of crimes and their perpetrators. This discipline also examines the differences that are manifested in the investigations of various crimes.
  • [6 ECTS] International Criminal Law
    The purpose this course is for students to acquire basic knowledge of international criminal law. Upon successful completion of this course, it is expected that the students have gained solid knowledge on the notion and scope of ICL, related norms, repressive nature of the authority and jurisdiction of the State, extradition, asylum, transfer of criminal procedure, criminal legal assistance and cooperation, international human rights and the jurisdiction of international criminal courts. After completing the course, students are expected to be able to discuss the concepts learned through arguments; to be trained for substantial research in regards to the concepts at issue: to assess the merits and correctness of the relevant international judicial decisions.
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course 5/1
    • Criminal Policy
    • Comparative Criminal Law
    • Criminalistics Experiments
    • Judicial Psychology
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course 5/2
    • Criminal Policy
    • Comparative Criminal Law
    • Criminalistics Experiments
    • Judicial Psychology

Semester 6

  • [6 ECTS] Ethics of Criminalistics
    Criminalistics ethics is part of a general ethic that examines the question how with preventive and repressive measures to protect the community from crimes in a professional and efficient manner while at the same time adhering to the constitutional and legal principles of freedoms and rights of citizens. This is important because police work is treated as a profession and ethics and ethical standards play a major role in the way of exercising the profession.
  • [6 ECTS] Victimology
    The purpose of this course is for students to acquire basic knowledge in the field of Victimology. Issues related to the victim, the process of victimization, increasing the number of people who are prone to victimization, compensation and prevention of victimization are the basic knowledge that students will acquire. Victimization and protection of victims is a great preoccupation of modern society. This is because the number of victims in the world has increased. Political conflict, diversity and cultural misunderstandings, wars and armed conflicts, poverty, unemployment encourage migration of population. All these have caused many problems in family relationships. These conditions are fertile ground for the emergence of trafficking, terrorist acts, violence, war crimes and other pathological phenomena. All these circumstances have influenced the increase of suffering and victimization of people in various parts of the world.
  • [6 ECTS] Juvenile Delinquency
    Criminality as a negative and dangerous phenomenon for the society is manifested in various forms throughout human historical development. Juveniles in criminal law have always been treated differently from adults, and their legal position has always evolved in their favour. Juvenile delinquents are in close relation with other socio-pathological phenomena, such as: drug addiction, alcoholism and prostitution, phenomena that today are spread in almost every country on earth and are present in Macedonia. Therefore, this course as a basic goal has the treatment of the following: to discover and record new forms of this criminal phenomenon, to explain the reasons for their presence and to suggest measures for their prevention and punishment.
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course 6/1
    • Economic Crimes
    • Forensic Medicine
    • Organized Crime
    • Domestic Violence
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course 6/2
    • Organized Crime
    • Domestic Violence
    • Economic Crimes
    • Forensic Medicine
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