Crime Across Borders

Unit code: LCR3002 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
Online Real Time


This unit will consider crimes across borders, specifically transnational and international crime and harms that occur in a globalising world. It will consider in detail the elements of various crimes and harms, the domestic laws and international responses, and the processes and institutions that commit them, including organised criminals, states and corporations. It will also examine the bodies that attempt to enforce laws and treaties. The unit will consider cyber-crimes, money-laundering, terrorism, trafficking in arms, drugs, organs and other illicit markets. Additionally, the crimes and harms of, smuggling and trafficking of people, genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity will be explored. It will consider the roles of globalisation, neoliberalism, and supply chains in these crimes and harms. Lastly, it will examine theory and resistance to these crime types.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Critically assess the causes and consequences of transnational and international crimes and harms
  2. Elucidate the role of domestic and international policies in response to transnational and international crimes and harms;
  3. Critically examine the perpetrators of transnational and international crimes and harms;
  4. Deconstruct and analyse the various elements of transnational and international crime and harms, including the role of criminological theory;
  5. Collaborate in teams and individually to critically investigate and propose/present resolutions to complex crimes of a globalising world to peers and non-specialist audiences.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 20%
Presentation on a selected topic
Assessment type: Annotated Bibliography
Grade: 20%
Essay on selected topic
Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 50%
Peer Review of presentation
Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 10%
Final examination

Required reading

Recommended readings will be made available via the unit's VU Collaborate site.

As part of a course

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