Sociology and Criminology

Organised Crime from a Global Perspective (Spr)

Module code: L4116B
Level 6
30 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar, Workshop
Assessment modes: Essay

The module introduces students to the idea of OCGs from a socio-political perspective, bridging the local, global and transnational levels. The module aims to provide an advanced critical understanding of OC, ranging from a broad set of topics and perspectives; contextualizing OC and the institutional innovation and responses to it within the social, economic, political and cultural context. This module provides teaching on OC in theory and practice with the aim of making students understand the nature, evolution and significance of organised criminal activities in today's world and, in particular, in relation to broader debates about justice in society, as well as to critically analyse the 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