This unit will consider criminal offences that are committed across and beyond borders. It will consider in detail the elements of various offences, the domestic laws and international agreements that prohibit them, and the processes and institutions that seek to enforce them. In particular, the unit will consider kidnapping, cyber-crimes, money-laundering, terrorism, immigration offences, drug trafficking and other customs offences, crimes at sea (and illegal fishing), arms trafficking, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Finally, it will consider principles governing extradition and how investigatory agencies cooperate.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically assess the causes and consequences of contemporary cross border crime  
  2. Discuss international policies and advocate strategies to reduce cross border crime  
  3. Critically evaluate the principles of extradition and the role of international investigative agencies.  
  4. Deconstruct and analyse the various elements of cross-border criminal offences and justify the processes and institutions involved in enforcing the law  
  5. Collaborate in teams to critically investigate and propose/present resolutions to complex 21st century problems to peers and non-specialist audiences  


Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Presentation on a selected topic 20%
Assignment Essay on selected topic 30%
Review Peer Review of presentation 10%
Examination Final examination 40%

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