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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LAW5386M Globalisation and Crime

15 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Professor Graham Farrell

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Module replaces

LAW5385 Transnational Crime

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module will introduce students to how socio-economic, political and technological changes relating to globalisation impact upon crime opportunities at different levels from the local to transnational. International crime trends include rapid crime increases in many countries from the 1950s to 1990s and the subsequent international crime decline. In addition, aspects of the transnational flow of illegal goods and services from illicit drugs to human beings as well as international terrorism, have become increasingly prominent in recent decades. Processes relating to globalisation - particularly international economic integration, political and technological developments including transportation and communications - have been tremendously influential. They affect consumer goods markets and the prices of illicit goods and services as well as our lifestyles– the latter regularly framed as cultural change – all of which falls within the routine activities theoretical framework. Such changes often greatly facilitate crime at all units of geographical analysis. The implication is that efforts to reduce crime opportunities need to be tailored to individual types of crime and their contexts.


- To introduce students to perspectives and issues in international, comparative, and transnational crime and its prevention;
- to provide students with a theoretical framework, that of the routine activities perspective, to understand how socio-economic, political and technological change affect crime;
- to examine the role of the crime opportunity structure in crimes from the local to the national and transnational;
- to provide students with the analytic skills to critically examine individual crime types and identify the role of crime opportunity reduction in their prevention.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:
- Understand patterns and trends in local, national, international, comparative and transnational crime
- Explain patterns and trends in crime in terms of the routine activity theoretical framework
- Critically reflect on the role of crime opportunities in different types of crime
- Understand how crime-specific opportunity-reducing measures can prevent crime at different levels from local to transnational

Skills Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
1. Critical thinking, demonstrating openness to alternative ideas and have the ability to interrogate sources
2. Develop academic skills to enable you to source, understand and apply your discipline
3. Be able to evaluate and analyse a range of information to put forward coherent and evidence based arguments
4. Be able to communicate persuasively to a diverse range of audiences


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours135.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

A formal formative assessment opportunity will be provided, which is specifically pedagogically aligned to the summative assessment task. As part of this, each student will receive individual feedback designed to support the development of knowledge and skills that will be later assessed in the summative assessment.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 27/03/2024


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