The Global Criminal Economy SOCIO5056

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description



10 x two hour sessions

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Assessment will be through coursework which could include essay,class presentation and group work - total 4,000 words.

Course Aims

To introduce students to theories and perspectives on crime in a global context:


To provide students with an understanding of different types of crime in a global context.


To provide students with an appreciation of forms of contemporary organised crime in a global context, including transnational criminal activities.


To provide students with an understanding of the relationships between global and local forms of crime and justice.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Subject knowledge and understanding

Students completing this course successfully will be able to demonstrate:


- A systematic understanding of key aspects of the criminological debate surrounding the global criminal economy


- A conceptual understanding that enables them to devise and sustain arguments and solve problems using ideas and techniques relating to:


- Theories and perspectives on organised crime

- The relation between local and global criminal economies


- An understanding of the limits of current knowledge about the global criminal economy, and some of the future directions for productive research and theorizing.



Students completing this course successfully will be able to:


- Critically evaluate data, concepts and theories covered in the module and develop arguments and make informed judgments about crime in a global context.

- Identify central contentious issues in respect of theories underpinning the research literature on organised crime, and where relevant propose resolutions of these issues.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits