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IR3063   Organised Crime and Corruption

Academic year(s): 2023-2024

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: Tues 2pm

The module provides an overview of organised crime and corruption and its effects on the political, economic, and social development of countries around the world. It will discuss the increasingly global nature of transnational organised crime, its growing portfolio of illicit activities and its impact on regional and international security. The analysis will also address the complexities of criminal groups in different parts of the world and the policies to fight them.

Relationship to other modules

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

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1x 1h lecture (x11 weeks); 1x 1h tutorial (x11 weeks); 1 consultation hour with Coordinator (x12 weeks); 2h exam feedback in week 1 of the following semester.

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 264

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Presentation = 20%, 1 x 2000 word Written Assignment = 15%, 1 x 500 word Infographic Assignment = 15%, 1 x 500 word Research Paper = 50%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 40%, Coursework = 60%


Module coordinator: Dr N J Barnes
Module teaching staff: Dr N Barnes

Intended learning outcomes

  • Describe what organized crime is and why it emerges.
  • Analyze the behavior and evolution of organized crime within existing theoretical paradigms.
  • Write and speak intelligently and persuasively about organized crime.
  • Develop in-depth knowledge about at least one criminal organization.
  • Complete an honours-level research project.