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CRIM2024 - Transnational Crime

Criminology Unit


One trimester



Credit points: 



Successful completion of four (4) 100-level units 

Mode(s) of delivery:




Unit Objective

This unit introduces students to the various forms of transnational crime and its effects on domestic and global environment. 

Learning outcomes

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

  • Evaluate globalisation and related processes, including modernisation and transnationalism;
  • Define transnational crime and its varying impacts;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of acts and offences which comprise transnational crime;
  • Evaluate the relationship between organised criminal networks and transnational crime;
  • Critically analyse attempts by governments and domestic and global agencies to combat transnational crime, and the difficulties encountered by such attempts.  

Unit Content

The unit commences by introducing students to the concept of transnational crime and by defining and distinguishing the various offences that are classified under this concept.  The global context in which these activities occur will be identified, with specific attention paid to globalisation and modernisation processes.  Students will also be introduced to the broader contexts and impacts of these activities, including the social, legal, economic and political arenas via examination of transnational organised crime as a threat to national and global security.

The unit will examine the main forms of transnational crime, focusing on illegitimate economies and ‘black market’ trade.  Key offences examined include illegal trade of: arms; licit and illicit substances; and human beings.  Environmental harms, cyber-offences, maritime piracy and terrorism will also be examined. Throughout, students will analyse the roles played by organised criminal networks and official corruption in relation to the commission and facilitation of transnational offences. 

The unit will critically examine attempts by governments and domestic and global agencies to combat transnational crime, including legislative and enforcement strategies.  Students will analyse the effectiveness of governmental and agency attempts to combat transnational crime, with particular attention paid to the difficulties encountered.  The unit will conclude by considering future trends in the area of transnational crime.

Unit Workload

1 x 2 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial each week for 12 weeks. The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week

Assessment summary

Assessment information provided at the commencement of the unit in the online class space


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