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Criminological Perspectives on Security and Globalisation SOCIO5057

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • 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

This course adopts a criminological perspective to explore challenges to global security such as terrorism, radicalisation and counter-terrorism; community safety; population movements; climate issues; resource and energy conflicts; the growth of private security; global poverty; people's interactions with security technology; fear of crime and other late-modern 'anxiety' issues.


10 x two-hour sessions

Requirements of Entry





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

Course Aims

The course aims to equip students with an advanced knowledge of criminological theory and method as it is applied to social, political and policy issues of security in a global context. In doing so, it focuses particularly on international and transnational responses to security challenges.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Demonstrate understanding of the central concepts and substantive claims of criminological perspectives on security;

■ Demonstrate understanding of how to integrate, synthesize and critique the contributions of relevant theoretical perspectives in the study of crime and security in a global context;

■ Analyse the activities and remit of the state and 'private' security forces that operate outside state boundaries from a criminological perspective;

■ Evaluate the capacity of criminological theory to address social, political and policy issues of security in a global context. 

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Generic regulations apply