CR7003 - International Crime, Policing and Security

What will I learn on this module?

You will understand contemporary perspectives on crime, harm, policing, and security in their global context and how these are related to wider process of globalisation and economic, social, cultural, and political developments that operate at transnational levels. You will develop foundational knowledge of governance, risk and security and how criminology operates beyond the nation state. Critical debates about the architecture of international policing, global crime investigation and the pluralisation of international policing and security are explored. These are related to challenges including transnational organised crime, cybercrime, state crime and strategies to countering these threats. You will learn how cases of global crime and harm provide an alternative perspective on the globalisation thesis and underline the links between local, regional, national, and global dimensions of policing and security.

How will I learn on this module?

Each teaching session will include some formal input from the module tutors, with references to extra reading for those less familiar with the topic and the opportunity to discuss that reading with the tutors. You will be expected to engage in debate, group discussion and presentation and to have prepared for each session through independent study following the electronic reading lists that accompany the module.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Your learning on this module will be developed through a combination of formal input from academic staff and exercises that develop further the intellectual/professional skills and abilities that are needed to complete an MA and to prepare you for doctoral study or a job which requires you to undertake research at a high level. There will be opportunities to ask questions and seek guidance from academic staff both within and outside the timetabled teaching sessions. All academic staff advertise times when they are available to students and there is also the opportunity to book appointments. Your learning will also be supported by an extensive electronic reading list and the provision of lecture notes and other materials on our eLearning platform.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. Evidence critical assessment of global crime and harm problems.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of global developments in policing and security and how these relate both to emerging forms of crime and harm and to the globalisation of governance.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

3. Demonstrate understanding of and critical engagement with the module’s key themes and key literature in the field.
4. Research and present a coherent and effective academic discussion around a chosen topic relevant to the module and present academically rigorous arguments.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

5. Demonstrate critical curiosity about the political and ethical impact of crime, policing, security, and regulation in the global context.

How will I be assessed?

The summative assessment task for this module is a 5000-word essay. A set of essay prompts will be made available to students in advance. The essay should have a clearly identifiable topic of focus relevant to the module’s key themes and present a coherent and rigorous academic discussion incorporating current research, theory, concepts, and key literature in the field. This will address all the MLOs and is worth 100% of the final mark.





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Course info

Credits 30

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 16 months full-time
1 other options available

Department Social Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

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