Course Title: Global Crime

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Global Crime

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2020


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Peter Chambers

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1038

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.04

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The globalisation of crime constitutes a major security challenge to individuals, communities and states that requires a coordinated response from state and international agencies. In this course you will investigate the contemporary transnationalisation of criminal activity. You will examine the growth and increasing sophistication of illicit international transfers of money, goods and people. The course will analyse the causes and consequences of crimes such as political violence, money laundering, the trafficking of narcotics, people & firearms smuggling as well as emerging high tech crimes. You will critique the capacities and strategies employed by national and supranational actors to address these disparate global risks.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development



Course Learning Outcomes 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Identify and analyse key trends and patterns in contemporary cross-border criminal activity
  2. Appraise how theory allows us to look for and analyse patterns in global criminal activity
  3. Research recent developments in relation to a key global crime issue drawing on appropriate scholarly and institutional data and resources 
  4. Reflect upon and debate the strategies employed by national and supranational actors pertaining to a particular global crime issue. 

If undertaking this course as a postgraduate student you will be required to demonstrate higher capacity for application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation in your investigation of global crime issues.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and/or online such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Academic Skills Task, 30% CLO1, CLO2 and CLO4

Assessment Task 2: Interpretation and Evaluation Task, 40%, CLO1- CLO3

Assessment Task 3: Critical Reflection 30%, CLO1- CLO4

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.