Sociology and Criminology

Organised Crime from a Global Perspective (Aut)

Module code: L4116A
Level 6
30 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar, Workshop
Assessment modes: Essay

We introduce you to the idea of organised crime groups from a socio-political perspective, bridging the local, global and transnational levels.

This module covers organised crime in theory and practice. You’ll gain an advanced critical understanding of organised crime across a broad set of topics and perspectives.

We will:

  • contextualise organised crime and institutional innovation and responses to it within the social, economic, political and cultural spheres
  • understand the nature, evolution and significance of organised criminal activities in today’s world
  • situate this in relation to broader debates about justice in society and critically analyse diverse responses to it.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of empirical research and competing theories of OCGs
  • Develop a critical awareness of the broad social, cultural, economic and political aspects surrounding the formation of organised crime
  • Identify the complex issues of organised crime and related policies at the local and international levels, as well as their implementation and critical evaluation
  • Demonstrate the ability to independently select, define, research and construct a case study by applying and evaluating specified theory and/or concepts