Global Crimes of the Powerful

    Unit code: LCR6008 | Study level: Postgraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    City Campus


    This unit introduces students to criminological debate and theory on crimes of the powerful. Students will move beyond the construction of the offender as an individual who commits crime on the “street” to evaluate organisations occupying the most influential and privileged positions in society. State, state-corporate and corporate crime will be at the centre of the unit where students will examine contemporary and historical case studies of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and other atrocities. The unit will also critique responses to these crimes at a variety of levels including international criminal justice, domestic prosecution and individual resistance. The unit will examine the roles of gender, race and class in relation to power and victimisation.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Assess state, state-corporate and corporate crime, including the role it plays in the criminal justice system and its relationship with power;
    2. Analyse critically the challenges involved in regulating, prosecuting and punishing these crimes from a global and local perspective;
    3. Evaluate current responses to global crime and formulate recommendations for future directions.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 10%
    Online Quiz
    Assessment type: Portfolio
    Grade: 30%
    Portfolio of case studies (1500 words equivalent)
    Assessment type: Report
    Grade: 45%
    Report and presentation (2,000 words)
    Assessment type: Review
    Grade: 15%
    Critical reflection (1,000 words)

    Required reading


    As part of a course

    This unit is not compulsory for any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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