SC556-7-AU-CO:
Organised Crime: Global and Local

The details
2020/21
Sociology
Colchester Campus
Autumn
Postgraduate: Level 7
Current
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 18 December 2020
20
29 June 2020

 

Requisites for this module
(none)
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Key module for

MA MF9112 Organised Crime, Terrorism and Security,
MSC MF9012 Organised Crime, Terrorism and Security

Module description

This module covers the construction of organised crime as a concept, and the utility of the concept as a tool of governance. In doing so, the module will look at both landmark studies and the emerging horizons within the field of organised crime studies by close readings of recent cutting-edge work by leading authors in the field.

This module examines the phenomena of organised crime from critical and theoretical perspectives. By starting from the paradigms of mafias, especially Italian mafias, and the definitions of organised crime, through a multi-disciplinary approach, this module will engage with key definitional debates relating to social, political, media, cultural and ideological dimensions of this field of study. Additionally, theoretical debates are outlined and applied to counter measures, in criminal law and criminal procedures against organised crime across states. In addition to its international and interdisciplinary focus on different organised criminal activities, the module will look at different countries, groups' movements and migration of criminal activities. The module emphasises the local sphere of criminal networks and their links with societies and communities as a lens through which many of these themes are filtered.

Module aims

This module examines the phenomena of organised crime from critical and theoretical perspectives. Implicit in this study is a multi-disciplinary approach, albeit one which emphasises criminological analysis. In doing so, key definitional debates relating to social, political, media, cultural and ideological understandings of the phenomena are examined. Additionally, theoretical debates are outlined and applied to different modes of organised criminal activity. In addition to its international and interdisciplinary focus, the module emphasises the importance of the relationship between the local and the global.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students should:

a) Be able to show an understanding of the forms, patterns and trends characterising of organised crime.

b) Have developed a critical awareness of the broad social, cultural, economic and political aspects organised crime.

c) Be able to assess the impacts and consequences of organised crime activities.

Module information

Please note that assessment information is currently showing for 2019-20 and will be updated in September.

6 entries Portfolio (100%) submitted as one document to FASER.
Please note any file format is acceptable to FASER providing the file does not exceed the file size limit which is 50 MB

Learning and teaching methods

No information available.

Bibliography*

  • Campana, Paolo. (2016-04-05) 'Explaining criminal networks: Strategies and potential pitfalls', in Methodological Innovations. vol. 9, pp.205979911562274-
  • Sergi, Anna. (2017) From Mafia to organised crime: a comparative analysis of policing models, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Sergi, Anna. (2018-06-13) 'Polycephalous 'ndrangheta: Crimes, behaviours and organisation of the Calabrian mafia in Australia', in Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology., pp.000486581878257-
  • Bull, Martin J; Newell, James. (2003) Corruption in contemporary politics, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • (2014) The Oxford handbook of organized crime, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Melia, Manuel Cancio. (2008) 'The Wrongfulness of Crimes of Unlawful Association', in New Crim. L.. vol. 11 (2008) , pp.563-589200811
  • Campana, Paolo; Varese, Federico. (2018-10-05) 'Organized Crime in the United Kingdom: Illegal Governance of Markets and Communities', in The British Journal of Criminology. vol. 58 (6) , pp.1381-1400
  • Carrapico, Helena. (2014-10-02) 'Analysing the European Union's responses to organized crime through different securitization lenses', in European Security. vol. 23 (4) , pp.601-617
  • Arsovska, Jana. (2016) 'Strategic Mobsters or Deprived Migrants? Testing the Transplantation and Deprivation Models of Organized Crime in an Effort to Understand Criminal Mobility and Diversity in the United States', in International Migration. vol. 54 (2) , pp.160-175
  • Paoli, Letizia. (2014) 'How to Tackle (Organized) Crime in Europe: The EU Policy Cycle on Serious and Organized Crime and the New Emphasis on Harm', in Eur. J. Crime Crim. L. & Crim.. vol. 22 (2014) , pp.1-122014
  • Zaitch, Dami├ín. (2002) 'From Cali to Rotterdam: Perceptions of Colombian cocaine traffickers on the Dutch port', in Crime, Law and Social Change. vol. 38 (3) , pp.239-266

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   5 entries Portfolio (100%) submitted as one zip folder to FASER    100% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Anna Sergi, email: asergi@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Anna Sergi
Michele Hall, Graduate Administrator, Tel: 01206 873051 Email: socpgadm@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
Yes
No
Yes

External examiner

Prof Paul Stretesky
The University of Northumbria at Newcastle
Professor of Criminology
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 18 (90%) hours available to students:
2 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information
Sociology

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