Please note that module information is indicative and may change year to year.
The field of international relations and political science has given little attention to organised crime and corruption, which has become a focus of interest within these disciplines only recently. From an international relations perspective, it is worth investigating how organised crime is embedded in a larger political context, how politics interconnects with criminality on national and international levels and how globalisation affects the internationalisation of crime and corruption. Organised crime has indeed gone global, reached the scale of a multi-billion pound business and hence has been described as the growing threat to international security. At the same time criminal and terrorist networks have increasingly interacted with each other leading to the convergence in tactics and activities.
The module will cover definitional and conceptual issues related with organised crime, corruption and terrorism; the impact of globalisation on the internationalisation of organised crime; the nexus and interaction between crime, corruption and terrorism; variations in crime-terror nexus across different parts of the world; the anti-crime and anti-terrorism policies and other issue.
By the end of the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate a deep and systematic understanding of organised crime, terrorism, corruption and the connection between these three variables;
Apply knowledge creatively to different contexts, and across time and space;
Select appropriate advanced methodological and theoretical approaches to understand the role of the roles of organised crime, terrorism and corruption as facets of contemporary globalisation;
Evaluate critically advanced scholarship in the field of organised crime and terrorism and suggest new concepts and/or approaches;
Develop critiques of policy issues pertaining to transnational organised crime, terrorism and corruption.
Two hours per week, one lecture and one seminar
Indicative Teaching Schedule
Week 1: Introduction to the module: IR perspective on crime, corruption and terrorism
Week 2: Definitions and concepts: organised crime, terrorism and corruption
Week 3: Globalisation and new security paradigms
Week 4: Internationalisation of organised crime, terrorism and corruption
Week 5: The nexus between terrorism, organized crime and corruption
Week 6: Business of terrorism: revenue streams, illicit markets and money laundering
Week 7: Impact of organised crime, terrorism and corruption
Week 8: Area studies’ in crime-terror nexus: variations across regions and groups
Week 9: Case study. ISIS and interconnections between crime, corruption and terrorism
Week 10: War on Terror and War on Crime: similarities, differences and measuring success
Note that this teaching schedule is indicative and subject to change.
Module assessment - more information
Seminar participation (10%), one 1500 word policy paper (35%) and one 3000 word essay (55%)