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Unit information: Globalisation, Crime, Harm and Justice in 2019/20

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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 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Vicky Canning
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.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  1. Explain and account for the theoretical links and debates concerning globalised crime/harm and governance
  2. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of particular crimes/harms in relation to globalisation
  3. Give an account and an assessment of the growth of international forms of criminal justice
  4. 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.
  5. Use creative skills to communicate to a wide audience issues related to globalised crime/harm and governance.

Teaching details

Lectures and seminars

Assessment Details

Information leaflet for a popular audience (1000 words) (25%)

Case study (2000 words) (75%)

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