Courses & Units

Transnational Crime HGA345


In a globalised and technologically connected world, transnational crime is a growing phenomenon. Crimes perpetrated across national borders and cannot be solved by one agency or jurisdiction alone; they require a unified regional or global response to combat them. This unit will explore a broad range of criminal activities including people trafficking, trafficking of illicit goods (i.e., drugs, arms, wildlife), environmental crime, piracy, corruption, money laundering, terrorism and cybercrime. We will explore the scale of the criminal threat and the complexity of synergising the criminal laws of different states to achieve transnational criminal justice. The unit will critically examine attempts to regulate such crime, asking questions about the principal purpose and effectiveness of transnational enforcement mechanisms, and exploring relevant theory, research, and practical approaches that aim to address the suppression of transnational crime.


Unit name Transnational Crime
Unit code HGA345
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology
Coordinator Doctor Vicky Nagy
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the main features of transnational crime and criminal activities.
  • Analyse efforts to govern cross-border crime, and the challenges associated with coordinating effective responses.
  • Apply relevant theories and concepts to specific examples and cases of transnational crime.
  • Communicate your ideas clearly in written and verbal form.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
099903 $2,040.00 $957.00 not applicable $2,324.00

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25 credit points at Introductory level or higher


Teaching Pattern

On Campus:

Weekly (pre-recorded) lectures or equivalent (1 hour), fortnightly online activities and weekly face-to-face workshop (2 hours).

Off Campus:

Weekly (pre-recorded) lectures or equivalent (1 hour), fortnightly online activities, and weekly online tutorials and/or participation in discussion boards (1.5 hours).

AssessmentAssessment Task 1: Infographic (10%)|Assessment Task 2: Participation (20%)|Assessment Task 3: Journal (35%)|Assessment Task 4: Policy Brief and Presentation (35%)
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