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.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
This unit is not compulsory for any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.