Gang Crime in ScandinaviaSemester Course

Gang Crime in Scandinavia, Semester Course
Major Discipline(s)
Criminology / Criminal Justice, Public Policy, Sociology
Course End Date Note
This course will last run in the semester of Fall 2023 and will be replaced by Prisons in the Nordic Countries.
Elective Course
Fall semester

Even relatively peaceful Denmark has gang crime, and leading groups, such as Hells Angels, Bandidos, and various immigrant outfits, fight over the drug and sex markets in Denmark. Meanwhile, the media readily serves up real or exaggerated stories about gang wars and violent rivalry. This course explores why gangs come into existence and looks into gang crime investigations and social and political efforts to prevent gang activities from emerging or spreading. It also critically explores representations of gangs in the media and asks the fundamental question: what makes a group a gang?


Anne Okkels Birk

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Diploma in Criminology (University of Copenhagen, 2007). Cand.scient.pol. (Political Science, University of Aarhus, 1997). Head of Section, Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, 1997-2000. Chief Advisor/Head of Section, Danish Prison and Probation Service, 2001-2006. Independent consultant since January 2007. With DIS since 2008.

Justice and Human Rights, Anne Okkels Birk