CR6001 - Concepts and Patterns of Organised Crime

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will introduce and critically explore the manifestation of organised criminal activities that have embedded themselves within an increasingly globalised political economy, whilst not ignoring the essentially localised functions of indigenous enterprise crime. In order to explore the concepts and patterns of organised crime an inter-disciplinary social scientific approach will be adopted that critically evaluates the historical, criminological and sociological approaches upon the assessment of organised criminal activities.

How will I learn on this module?

A range of teaching methods will be employed in the teaching of this module in order to fully engage the student learning experience, consisting of lectures, seminars, workshop and guest speaker learning formats and the aim will also be to use appropriate ''Rolls Royce' film and documentaries and will attempt to bring in expert guest workshops. Workshops will run weekly. Please note: due to the context of ‘organised criminal’ activities we will be covering areas of law breaking that are often at the ‘heavy end’ of criminality, and within some of the workshop materials (including films and documentaries) areas of serious criminality will be reviewed. If you feel that you might be upset or offended by any of the teaching materials, please feel free to meet up to discuss with your module tutor. The module and its teaching will aim to ensure that you are all given prior notice of any materials that may have some potential to cause concern distress where deemed appropriate.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Developing your ability to reflect informatively, and think critically about some of the challenges embedded with the concept of 'organised' crime in the modern and post-modern milieus is fundamental to this module. In this regard, it will enable you to make informed evaluations of some of the major concerns facing law enforcement agencies, communities and issues of social control from a developing critical analysis of the many issues that are connected to serious and organised crime. In addition to your intellectual development, you will receive support from your peers in the classroom and from the module tutor throughout the module.

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 and understanding of the main theoretical approaches to organised crime.
2. Critically evaluate the relevance of political and socio-economic change in the creation of organised crime and the subsequent determination of law and criminal justice policy.
3. Provide and critically analyze specific illicit markets and/or activities connected to the concept of organised crime.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1. Demonstrate analytical and critical skills in regard to the social implications of existing perceptions of organised crime.

Personal Values Attributes:
1. To have confidence in your own thinking and assessment of events and issues, but also to be open to challenge and debate too.

How will I be assessed?

The workshop programme will support the formative assessment for this module, allowing for the discussion and evaluation of relevant evidence and case studies (MLO 4).

Summative assessment for this module is by a written essay of 4000 words addressing all module learning outcomes.





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UCAS Code LL44

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Social Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2021

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