CR7003 - International Crime, Policing and Security

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What will I learn on this module?

You will understand contemporary perspectives on crime, 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. 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 mid-to late 20th Century threats of subversion and covert state action and 21st century Islamism and Far Right groups and strategies to countering these threats. You will learn how the case of organised crime provides an alternative perspective on the globalisation thesis and underlines the links between local, regional, national and global dimensions of crime, 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. Demonstrate knowledge of global developments in policing and security and how these relate both to emerging crime problems and to the globalisation of governance.
2. Evidence critical assessment of global terrorism, security threats, and state crime and analyse international policing and regulation responses

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

3. Formulate a question for the extended critical literature review
4. Demonstrate critical engagement through constructively challenging the opinions of others with regards to contemporary and global debates about policing, security and regulation.

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

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

How will I be assessed?

The summative assessment task will be for students to write a 5,000 word critical literature review. To complete this, students will have to first identify an aspect of contemporary global crime and insecurity that will form the basis of the assessment. This will have to be approved by the module team. Once the topic is formulated, students will then construct and implement a purposive bibliographic search, combing academic and policy literature. Having identified literature sources, students will compile an extended literature review.

Throughout the module, students will be asked to undertake formative assessment tasks that prepare them for the assessment. These will include work towards formulating their topic, conducting a bibliographic search and developing analytic skills
Students will receive feedback on formative assessment tasks throughout the module from the tutor and their peers: for example, all will be encouraged to comment constructively on one another’s work.





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Course info

Credits 30

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years part-time (January start)
3 other options available

Department Social Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start January 2020

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