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Module SXY-4010:
Transnational Crime

Module Facts

Run by School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Dr Tim Holmes

Overall aims and purpose

This module aims to provide an examination of several aspects of transnational crime and criminality. Initially there will be discussion of terrorism, state crime and organised crime before moving to look at different forms of transnational criminal activity. This will include questions of crime and deviance, criminological theory and the operation of systems of criminal justice. Each of these fundamental concerns differs across diverse regions around the world and with regard to different forms of crime. The module will discuss various methodologies used to study transnational and global crime.

Course content

Course Outline Study of Transnational Crime Study of Terrorism Study of State Crime Study of Organised Crime Study of ID theft Study of Illegal immigration and Human trafficking Study of Trafficking in arms and drugs Study of Crime and Sport Study of eCrime

Assessment Criteria


Students should be able to describe and understand the substantive topic/s and present written work that is generally comprehensible and focuses on the question asked.


Students should be able to explain with accuracy and critically appreciate the appropriate theoretical and empirical issues of the substantive topic/s and locate these within a wider social and political context; show evidence of understanding of a range of complex material and summarise arguments with accuracy.


Students should be able to engage in critical analysis of a wide and complex range of material and summarise the arguments with accuracy; relate an understanding of key concepts to perspectives within and beyond the discipline of criminology and criminal justice; present written work of a high level of accuracy and fluency.

Learning outcomes

  1. Be conversant with methodological issues faced when researching transnational crime.

  2. Have a detailed knowledge of selected cases of transnational crime and relating criminological and/or criminal justice research.

  3. Gain an understanding of different terrorist and organised crime groups.

  4. Display an understanding and practical skill in applying comparative analysis to the study of transnational crime.

  5. Understand the value and appreciate the problems of applying an internationally comparative perspective to problems of crime and deviance.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Poster Presentation 50
Essay 50

Teaching and Learning Strategy


Classes are Monday 11am to 1pm, each classes will begin with a review of a specific topic and examination of individual case examples. Classes will then move on to include class discussion of the examples used and discussion of research on the topic.


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