SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHL425158
Module Leader Annette Robertson
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Sociology
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Normally Level 3 Criminology Module (e.g. Theories of Crime and Punishment) or equivalent

Summary of Content

This module is shaped around the central themes of crime, risk and insecurity, and examines the changing nature of international crimes, their relationship to political, social, cultural and economic developments, and the challenges these present for controlling crime. The teaching programme examines the connections between crime and globalisation and builds on the conventional understandings of crime in society studied so far. By analysing the challenges and opportunities presented by processes of globalisation, consideration is given to the engagement of individuals, organisations and nation states/governments in activities that might threaten not only personal safety and public security but also human (individual) and civic (collective) rights. In addition, the syllabus allows for a critical reflection on the changing nature, limits and possibilities of crime management and control, paying particular attention to the role of national, transnational and global criminal justice institutions, including the police. In this respect, emerging concerns about the use of, for example, new technology, transnational criminal justice policies and practice; and the changing nature of intelligence gathering and punitive sanctions will form part of discussions and debates. The module will address both theoretical perspectives as well as contemporary policy concerns through the use of selected materials. In this respect the module aims not only to provide an understanding of how macro relations (i.e. at the international/global level) influence micro behaviour (i.e. at the local level), but also to stimulate debate and reflection on wider legal, social, moral and ethical matters surrounding key contemporary topics such as organised, global and transnational crime. By linking theory and empirical evidence students will be able to analyse these and related issues critically and hopefully reach a better understanding of the current nature of global crime and its impact on contemporary societies. This module touches upon aspects of PRME-related issues such as responsibility, ethics, values, human rights and anti-corruption.


Lectures will cover substantive topics, including: -360b7 The limits of comparative criminology b7 Conceptualising the issue of global crime: theories of globalisation b7 Globalisation and migration/immigration b7 Global crime and developments: the rise of transnational organised crime b7 The illicit global economy: human trafficking b7 The illicit global economy: drug trafficking b7 Global crime and insecurity: cybercrime b7 Global crime and insecurity: terrorism b7 Challenges and opportunities for managing global crime Human rights and globalisation

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Communicate knowledge and understanding of key concepts and relevant literature on globalisation and crime.2. Critically analyse the relationship between international/global crime and risk, safety and insecurity.3. Express a critical understanding of the origins and causes of international /global crime.4. Critically examine the diversity of transnational organised crime and the impact it has on political, social, cultural and economic development.5. Describe and explain the essential features of organised crime by reflecting on contemporary forms of global/international crimes and their relationship to processes of globalisation.6. Analyse and explain the political and policing response to international/global crime. 7. Demonstrate a critical understanding of contemporary debates surrounding the nature, politics and efficacy of globalised crime control.8. Understand and explain the influence of global/international crimes on legal, political, civic and human rights, both nationally and internationally.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

There will be a central series of lectures (2 hours/week), supported by student-centred seminars (1 hour/week) consisting of directed learning practical exercises to support the portfolio compilation and preparation of the policy brief. As this area of study has developed substantively in recent years, a range of visual and other relevant material (from the media, the Police, relevant Internet source, including that of the Home Office, the U.N., Interpol and Europol etc.) is now available. Students are encouraged to make appropriate use of such sources to stimulate debate and discussion on normative concerns. The module will also draw on the expertise of local agencies, including the police, to enhance students' understanding of the practical challenges facing local crime management arising from global events and developments. This module requires a high level of student involvement in seminar preparation. The seminar programme is made available in advance to facilitate this.

Indicative Reading

Aas, K.F. (2013) Globalization & Crime (Second Edition), London: Sage. Ahmed, A. and Forst, B. (2005) After Terror , Cambridge: Polity. Anderson, M. (1989) Policing the World, Interpol and the Politics of International Police Corporation , Clarendon Press: Oxford. Barak, G. (2001) 'Crime and Crime Control in an Age of Globalization; A theoretical discussion', Critical Criminology , 10(1): 57-72. Beck, U. (2004) Risk Society, Towards a New Modernity , London: Sage. Bjorgo, T. (2005) Root Causes of Terrorism , London: Routledge. Bjf6rnehed, Emma (2004) 'Narco-Terrorism: The Merger of the War on Drugs and the War on Terror', Global Crime , 6:3, 305 - 324. Carrabine, E., Iganski, P., Lee, M., Plummer, K. and South, N. (2003) Criminology: A Sociological Introduction, London: Routledge. Cohen, R. and Kennedy, P. (2007) Global Sociology (2 nd edition) , NY: Palgrave. Crawford, A. (2002) Crime and Insecurity, the Governance of Safety in Europe , Devon: Willan Publishing. Denny, D. (2005) Risk and Society , London: Sage. Dorn, N., Murji, K. and South, N. (1992) Traffickers, Drug Markets and Law Enforcement , London: Routledge. Edwards, A. and Gill, P. (2003) Trans-national Organised Crime , London: Routledge. Farr, K. (2005) Sex Trafficking: The Global Market in Women and Children , New York: Worth. Findlay, M (2013) International and Comparative Criminal Justice: A Critical Introduction , London: Routledge. Findlay, M. (2000) The globalisation of crime: understanding transitional relationships in context , Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Findlay, M. (2008) Governing Through Globalised Crime: Futures for International Criminal Justice , Cullompton: Willan. Franks, J.(2006) Rethinking the Roots of Terrorism , NY: Palgrave, Macmillan. Galeotti, M. ( 2004) 'Introduction, Global Crime Today', in Global Crime , Vol 6 (1), pp 1-7. Hebenton, B. and Thomas, T. (1995) Policing Europe, Corporation, Conflict and Control , London Macmillan. Killias M. et al. (2003) European Source Book of Crime and Criminal Justice Statistics , Devon: Willan. Lutz, J.M. and Lutz, B.J. (2004) Global Terrorism , London: Routledge. Maguire, M., Morgan, R. and Reiner, R. (2007) The Oxford Handbook of Criminology (4 th Edition) , Oxford: OUP. Martin, G. (2004) The New Era of Terrorism, Selected Readings , London: Sage. Martin, G (2006) Understanding Terrorism, Challenges, Perspectives and Issues, Thousand Oaks: Sage. Nelken, D. (1997) 'The Globalisation of Crime and Criminal Justice', Current Legal Problems , 50 , pp.251-277. Newburn, T. (2007) Criminology , Devon: Willan. Norris, P., Kern, M. and Just, M. (2003) Framing Terror, the News Media, the Government and the Public, London: Routledge. Pikes, F. (2003) Comparative Criminal Justice , Devon: Willan Publishing. Reichel, P. (2005) Handbook of Trans-national Crime and Justice , Thousand Oaks, Sage. Ryan, P. and Rush, G. (Eds) (1997) Understanding Organized Crime in Global Perspective: A Reader , Thousand Oaks: Sage. Schirato, T. and Webb, J. (2003) Understanding Globalisation , London: Sage. Shelly, L. (2002) 'Crime as the Defining Issue, Voices of Another Criminology', International Annals of Criminology , Vol. 39 pp. 73-88. Sheptycki, J. (2000) Issues in Trans-national policing , London: Routledge. Sheptycki, J. and Wardak, A. (Eds) (2005) Transnational and Comparative Criminology , London: Glasshouse Press. Sterba, J.P. (2003) Terrorism and International Justice , Oxford: Oxford University Press. Swanstrom, N. (2007) 'The Narcotics Trade: A Threat to Security? National and Transnational Implications', Global Crime , 8:1, 1 - 25. Van Dijk, J. (2008) The World of Crime , London: Sage. Whittaker, D.J. (2004) Terrorists and Terrorism in the Contemporary World, London: Routledge. Wright, A. (2006 ) Organised Crime , Devon: Willan.

Transferrable Skills

By the end of this module students will have gained competence in the following key areas: -360 1. Critical and analytical skills and a capacity for academic analysis. 2. The ability to draw on theoretical works to analyse contemporary criminal behaviour in a structured and valid manner. 3. Enhanced research, written and oral presentation skills. 4. The ability to use theory to examine and explain the complexity of diverse global activities and their implications for managing crime and justice in contemporary societies. 5. An ability to critique the moral and ethical dilemmas surrounding this area of study and an appreciation of their implications for human and civic rights. 6. The ability to work constructively, both independently and in teams. 7. The ability to debate and discuss sensitive issues with confidence. -360

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment 20.00
lectures 24.00
seminars 14.00
Independent learning 142.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 n/a Portfolio: 2000 words
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 n/a Policy Briefing: 2,000