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Unit information: Globalisation, Crime, Harm and Justice in 2018/19

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Unit name Globalisation, Crime, Harm and Justice
Unit code SPOL20025
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Joanna Large
Open unit status Not open




School/department School for Policy Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


There is increasing acknowledgement that globalisation is manifestly related to the production of crimes and developments within criminal justice. Globalisation is identified as fomenting conditions, which are facilitating the development, re-configuration, and proliferation of different forms of crimes and harms. This is most evident with respect to the growth in crimes taking place across international boundaries and which require international or cross-border interventions. Thus, whilst national states continue to play a central role in dealing with crimes and harms, it is also increasingly being over-shadowed by international organisations in response to developments concerning globalised crimes.

This will provide students with detailed understanding of the relationship between globalisation and crime/harm and justice. Specifically, it will aim to:

  1. Develop theoretical understandings of the connections between globalisation and crime/harm
  2. Examine theoretical debates on the relationship between globalised crimes/harms and global governance
  3. Develop an appreciation of the contexts which have given rise to the proliferation/reconfiguration of a select range of crimes/harms such as human trafficking, terrorism, and drugs
  4. Reflect on the increasing role of international criminal justice
  5. Reflect on the global travel of crime policies and policy convergence.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the unit students should be able to:

1.Explain the theoretical links between globalisation and crime/harm

2. Give an account of the theoretical debates concerning globalised crime/harm and governance

3. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of particular crimes/harms in relation to globalisation

4. Give an account and an assessment of the growth of international forms of criminal justice

5. Explain the extent to which concepts such as policy travel, policy convergence are relevant to explaining developments in criminal justice in the context of globalised crimes.

Teaching details

Lectures and seminars

Assessment Details

The assessment have been developed in order to meet the intended learning outcomes of the unit:

Formative assessment: a 2500 word essay

Summative assessment: 3000 word essay (100%)

Reading and References

Aas, K, (2012) Globalisation and Crime, London: SAGE

Cain, M. and Howe, A. (2008) (eds.) Women, crime and social harm: towards a criminology for the global age, Oxford: Hart

Drake, D., Muncie, J., & Westmarland, L. (eds.) (2010) Criminal Justice: local and global, Willan: Open University Press

Findlay, M. (2013) Governing through Globalised crime: futures for international criminal justice, London Routledge

Lee, M. (2011) Trafficking and global crime control, London: Sage.

Muncie, J., Talbot, D., and Walters, R, (eds.) (2010) Crime: Local and Global, Cullompton: Willan/Open University Press

Pakes F (2013) (ed.) Globalisation and the challenge to criminology, London: Routledge