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IR3050   State, Power, Crime

Academic year(s): 2017-2018

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF Level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: 10.00 am Tue

This module introduces students to the challenging and thought-provoking approaches of critical criminology and their application to key national and transnational issues in the modern global world in relation to states, power, and crime. It aims to develop a critical understanding of the nature of the state; the scale and type of crimes committed by state agents and agencies; the definitional processes involved in state's labelling acts as criminal; and the forces which explain why and how states enter into deviant or 'criminal' practices and omissions. A range of state crimes will be explored in both the domestic and international spheres as well as specific case studies pertinent to the topics explored. Module content includes crimes against humanity, crimes against nature, state-corporate crime, trafficking in human beings and asylum policy as state crime.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass IR2006

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 1-hour lecture (x 10 weeks), 1 x 1-hour tutorial (x 10 weeks), 2 consultation hours with Coordinator (x 12 weeks). 2 hours examination feedback in week 1 of following semester.

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 278

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr H M Cameron
Module teaching staff: Dr H Cameron