The term "organised crime" brings to mind Drug Cartels, Mafias, Black Societies and Biker 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 a 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:
- apply the main theoretical approaches to the study of organised crime and their evolution across time;
- critically evaluate the contributions of different schools of thought to our understanding of organised crime;
- identify the main characteristics, activities, actors, and forms of organised crime;
- critically analyse organised crime policy at the local and international level; and
- succinctly communicate, orally and in writing, the outcomes of research on organised crime and criminal organisations.
- Participation (10) [LO 2,5]
- Presentation in tutorial, 10 mins (10) [LO 3,4,5]
- Policy Brief, 1500 words (30) [LO 1,2,3,5]
- Major Essay, 3000 words (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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130 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 tutorial-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsPaoli, L (ed.) 2014, The Oxford handbook of organized crime, Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.
Allum, F & Gilmour, S (eds) 2011, Routledge handbook of transnational organized crime, London, England: Routledge.
Assumed KnowledgeThis course is taught assuming students have some basic knowledge of sociology and criminology.
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