Organized crime


This advanced course is aimed at all Bachelor's and Master's degree students interested in issues of organized crime. Long underestimated, these topics are gaining increasing importance in the economy and in public life, creating new demand for training and knowledge in a vast professional and civil arena: from public administrations to information, from free-market champions to associations engaging in rights, legality and cooperation issues.


The course is divided into several modules. It starts with a 6-credit basic course in Sociology of organized crime (a first in Italy). You can then take an advanced 3-credit course on the same subject, which addresses the key issues of research methodologies. Other modules include Sociology and education to legality, and, since academic year 2015-2016, Global criminal organizations, each providing 6 credits.

We have also introduced a 3-credit seminar within the Business Management and Communication course, with a focus on business communication for firms that were created using assets seized from mafia organizations.
A biennial workshop in anti-mafia journalism, and an interdisciplinary workshop experience exploring a different theme every year provide 3 credits each.

The special annual experience of an itinerant university on ‘Difficult legality’ within the Department of Social and Political Sciences provides 6 credits.

The Summer School on Organized crime held annually in September, open to all, gives 3 credits for some degree programmes, while the postgraduate specialisation course in International organized crime scenarios, open to Bachelor’s and Master's graduates, provides a diploma in its own right.

The certificate of specialisation

The indicated courses and workshops provide a total of 36 credits. As an individual student, you cannot achieve the total credits, as you have to comply with the study plan guidelines established by your degree programme. You can therefore attend the courses within your degree programme, if included, or as part of elective credits or workshop and internship activities provided both in the Bachelor's and Master's programmes.
You can thus earn over 20 or 30 credits. Therefore, we have envisaged a two-level certificate of specialisation: The first level corresponds to 18 credits, and the second level to 27 credits, to be earned by Master's graduates of all programmes through elective activities, workshops and internships. For both levels, you can further strengthen your qualifications through the aforementioned postgraduate diploma in International organized crime scenarios.

Internship opportunities

If you obtain the second-level certificate and write your degree thesis on the corresponding subjects, you may undertake an internship with public administrations, private companies and associations engaging in fields consistent with your training.


Scientific Director:
Prof. Fernando Dalla Chiesa

For more information, visit the CROSS website, the Observatory on organized crime of the University of Milan.
CROSS website