• Offered by ANU Centre for Social Research Methods
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Criminology
  • Areas of interest Law, Policy Studies, Sociology, Criminology
  • Work Integrated Learning Simulation/Virtual
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. critically engage with the main theoretical approaches to the study of organised crime and their evolution across time;
  2. critically evaluate the contributions of different schools of thought to our understanding of organised crime;
  3. identify the main characteristics, activities, actors, and forms of organised crime and demonstrate high analytical abilities on the subject;
  4. critically analyse organised crime policy at the local and international level; and
  5. critique complex theories in a  professional and succinct manner.

Work Integrated Learning


In CRIM6002, students will produce a policy brief designed to simulate the requirements of many workplaces. The policy brief gives the experience of mounting a persuasive argument to a specific audience who has decision-making authority.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Presentation in tutorial, 15 mins (10) [LO 2,5]
  2. Policy Brief, 1000 words (20) [LO 1,4]
  3. Essay, 1500 words (20) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  4. Major Essay, 3500 words (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed CRIM2002 or CRIM8003.

Prescribed Texts

Paoli, 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 Knowledge

This course is taught assuming students have advanced knowledge of sociology and criminology.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5820
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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