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Transnational Crime HGA345



Certain types of crimes are perpetrated across national borders and require a unified regional or global response to combat them. This unit will critically examine the transnational system of criminal justice that attempts to regulate cross border crime, asking questions as to the principal purpose and effectiveness of transnational enforcement mechanisms. In this unit we will explore how states, acting together, are responding to a broad range of criminal activities including people trafficking, trafficking of illicit goods (ie drugs, arms, wildlife ), environmental crime, piracy, corruption, money laundering , terrorism and cybercrime. The suppression of transnational criminal activities have become a major global concern. This Unit will explore the scale of the criminal threat and the complexity of synergising the criminal laws of different states in an effort to identify, synthesise and create new ways of understanding and making prediction about the future direction of transnational criminal justice.


Unit name Transnational Crime
Unit code HGA345
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology

Dr. Gwynn MacCarrick

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020

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Learning Outcomes


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25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty.


Teaching Pattern

1 x 120 min lecture weekly and 1 x 60 min tutorial fortnightly.


Assessment Task 1: Infographic (1 slide) explaining/ depicting the challenges associated with confronting a selected transnational crime from a global governance perspective - 20% weighting.

Assessment Task 2: Reading Diary typically summarises the relevant readings as well as quantifying and sign posting the student learning (1,500 or 500 x3 words per entry) 30% weighting.

Assessment Task 3: Final Essay; This task draws together all the lecture content and readings in this unit. Students will choose from a selection of essay topics, or an elaborated topic (approved by the course coordinator). (3000 words – 50% weighting).

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