Transnational Organised Crime

    Unit code: LCR7001 | Study level: Postgraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    City Campus


    While organised crime has been studied for centuries by criminologists, transnational organised crime (TOC) has only become a focus of inquiry in the last two decades. TOC are crimes of globalisation that are undertaken by groups, networks and states across borders and include such acts as trafficking and smuggling of drugs, weapons and people, piracy, environmental crime and money laundering. The course will examine key criminological theoretical understandings of TOC, including illicit markets, neoliberalism and supply and demand. Discussions around how factors such as gender, race and class relate to TOC will be central to the course. The course will also integrate the responses in the national and international contexts to cross border markets. Students will gain insight into the current state of TOC and where the future of regulation is heading.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Evaluate globalisation and related processes, including modernisation and transnationalism;
    2. Analyse critically the main theoretical approaches to the study of transnational organised crime;
    3. Understand and critically assess the macro and micro causes of transnational crime;
    4. Identify and critically analyse current counter measures and anti-organised crime and transnational crime policies at the national and international level;
    5. Demonstrate critical understanding of main characteristics, activities, actors and forms of transnational organised crime.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Exercise
    Grade: 10%
    (Case report) 500-word (Individual)
    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 20%
    (Theoretical brief) 1000-word (Group)
    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 40%
    (Policy Brief) 1500-word report (Individual)
    Assessment type: Case Study
    Grade: 30%
    15-minute presentation (Group)

    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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