module specification

SS7173 - Transnational Organised Crime (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23, but may be subject to modification
Module title Transnational Organised Crime
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 200
114 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
50 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   The assessment will be an essay or multimedia artefact that allows the students to show their knowledge of the various l
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Tuesday Afternoon

Module summary

This module explores the relationship between the state and terrorism and considers how the nation state has been the perpetrator and a motivating factor behind terrorist acts, as well as considering other reasons behind such acts of violence. Students will consider the role of the state as a protector of its citizens has been challenged by its own actions and by terrorist organisations including groups such as ISIS.
The module goes on to outline contemporary terrorist tactics and reviews the impact on national and international responses to terrorism


Following an introductory session the module will address the following topics:
• Identifying Transnational organised crime LO1
• Theoretical frameworks for understanding organised crime LO1
• Understanding the social and economic dynamics of organised crime LO3
• Drug smuggling LO2, LO3
• Weapons trading and smuggling LO2, LO3
• People trafficking LO2, LO3
• Cybercrime LO2, LO3
• Money laundering and fraud LO2, LO3
• International responses to transnational organised crime LO4
• UK responses to organised crime LO4

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Teaching sessions consist of a series of lectures and seminar group sessions in which students are encouraged to explore the political, strategic and tactical complexities of terrorism and counter terrorism. Students draw upon case studies and examine actual operational scenarios. Module materials will be made available on Blackboard (Web-learn) and opportunities for personal development planning are provided in seminar contexts. Students are expected to undertake 10 hours of independent study per week.

This module will also be delivered through the use of distance learning strategies as follows:
• E-learning: delivered using computers utilising internet technology and programming which allows the student to interact with the learning materials via chat rooms, online office hours and notice boards. The present WebLearn facilities are sufficient to cover these methods.
• Online Lectures:  lectures are to be recorded digitally and placed onto WebLearn and released to the students as required.
• Written materials: Students will be provided with written materials such as articles in electronic format (e.g. pdf files). WebLearn to be used as a repository for such material.

Learning outcomes

The module aims to enhance the learners understanding of transnational organised crime through the following learning outcomes:

LO. 1 Apply various criminological theorising of the conceptualisation of organised and transnational crime including the mapping of facilitating relationships and pathways
LO.2 Outline and understand various transnational organised crime phenomena including; drug and weapon smuggling, people trafficking, cyber crime, and money laundering and fraud
LO.3 Examine the localised and international social and economic factors influencing transnational organised crime
LO.4 Critically evaluate international and UK interventions to tackle transnational organised crime

Assessment strategy

Students to produce a response to the question as set by the module leader that critically evaluates our understanding of organised crime, current trends in transnational organised localised and international counter organised crime initiatives. Students will be able to focus on one element of the module, but will be expected to show that they understand the context of the wider module context.

Students will have the option of producing a 4,500 word essay


A 10 minute multimedia artefact (video, podcast etc) and transcript and references.