- Code CRIM6002
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Criminology
- Areas of interest Law, Policy Studies, Sociology, Criminology
The term "organised crime" brings to mind Drug Cartels, Mafias, Black Societies and Motorcycle Gangs. What do these groups have in common? What are their differences? What do they actually do? This course aims to unpack and understand the dynamics of organised crime, its actors, groups, activities and organisation as well as their geographical aspects. We will explore from an advanced theoretical and practical perspective the different approaches that have been used in order to explain and understand organised crime, as well as the policy responses to it. Case-based approaches will be used to illustrate throughout the course.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify, understand and critically engage with the main
theoretical approaches to the study of organised crime and their evolution
- Critically evaluate the contributions of different schools of though to our understanding of organised crime.
- Identify the main characteristics, activities actors and
forms of organised crime and demonstrate high analytical abilities on the
- Identify and critically analyse organised crime policy at the local and international level.
- Articulate, discuss and critique complex theories in a professional and succinct manner.
Presentation in tutorial: 15 minutes 10% (LO 2, 5)
Policy Brief: 1000 words, 20% (LO 1, 4)
Essay: 1500 words 20% (LO 1, 2, 3, 5)
Major Essay: 3500 words 50% (LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 17, 23, 26, 27, 31 and 36 in: Allum, Felia and Gilmour, Stan (eds) Routledge Handobook of Transnational Organised Crime, Routledge 2012.
Maltz, Michael. On defining Organised Crime: The development of a definition and a typology. In Varese, F. (ed.) Organised Crime, Routledge, 2011.
Paoli, Letizia. The paradoxes of organised crime, n Varese, F. (ed.) Organised Crime, Routledge, 2011.
Tilly, Charles. War making and state making as organized crime. n Varese, F. (ed.) Organised Crime, Routledge, 2011.
Skaperdas, Stergios. The political economy of organised cirme: providing protection when the state does not. In Varese, F. (ed.) Organised Crime, Routledge, 2011.
Gambetta, Diego. The trademarks. In Varese, F. (ed.) Organised Crime, Routledge, 2011.
Morselli, Carlo and Petit, Katia. Law-enforcement disruption of a drug importation network. In Varese, F. (ed.) Organised Crime, Routledge, 2011.
Varese, Federico. Mafias on the move: How organised crime conquers new territories. Princeton University Press, 2011.
Albanese, Jay and Reichel, Philip (eds). Translational Organised Crime: An overview form six continants. Sage. 2014.
Morselli, Carlo, ed. Crime and Networks. Routledge, 2013.
Gambetta, Diego. The Sicilian Mafia: The Bussiness of Private Protection, Harvard, 1993
Advanced knowledge of sociology and criminology may be assumed.
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