Module title: International and Comparative Criminology (MBA)

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SSC11403
Module leader: Jamie Buchan
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

The module will examine crime and control from a comparative and international perspective.

International criminology examines the complex, interconnected relationship between local and transnational crime concerns, emphasising the global economic, political and cultural processes in its development. The first part of the module aims to engage students in the critical analysis of local and global responses to crime concerns and will explore: cybercrime; organised/corporate crime; terrorism; drugs and crime; human trafficking. The key actors and institutions involved in the policing and management of global crime along with some of the major issues and difficulties involved in this task will be critically assessed.

Comparative criminology analyses crime and its responses in a number of jurisdictions. The second part of the module will analyse different forms of crime (e.g. gun crime in the US, corruption in transitional states) and responses to them in various jurisdictions, including Anglo-America, Scandinavia and low crime countries such as Japan. The impact of historical, social, political and cultural factors will be emphasised throughout, along with the organisation of criminal justice systems and key actors and institutions. Topics will include: how to conduct comparative research on crime and control; comparing criminal justice systems; comparative criminal justice policy making; comparative penal politics; comparative youth justice; comparative responses to victimisation.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Appraise the nature and variety of transnational crime behaviours and activities and the role of global economic, political and cultural processes that underpin them;
LO2: Critically reflect upon the difficulties involved in the delivery of crime management activities to organised crime and transnational crime problems;
LO3: Identify and critically appraise key theoretical approaches involved in the study of comparative and international criminology.
LO4: Critically evaluate differing patterns of criminal behaviour and its responses (political, institutional, and cultural) to crime in different jurisdictions;
LO5: Demonstrate a critical appraisal of the historical, social, political and cultural context of crime responses in different jurisdictions;
LO6: Critically engage with a wide range of research methodologies and theoretical frameworks in comparative criminological research.

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