• 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
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Adam Masters
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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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.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and the skills to:
  1. apply 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;
  4. critically analyse organised crime policy at the local and international level; and
  5. succinctly communicate, orally and in writing, the outcomes of research on organised crime and criminal organisations.

Indicative Assessment

Participation (10%) Learning outcomes 2, 5
Presentation in tutorial, 10 mins (10%) Learning outcomes 3, 4, 5
Policy Brief, 1500 words (30%) Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 5
Major Essay, 3000 words (50%) Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4
 

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Workload

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

To enrol in this course you must have completed 6 units of 1000 level courses. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed CRIM6002 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 some basic knowledge of sociology and criminology.

Majors

Minors

Fees

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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and 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). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8144 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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