Crime, Business, and Politics in Asia - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 (25%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit focuses on the connection between crime, business and politics in East and South East Asia. It examines organised crime, corruption of governmental institutions, the globalisation of criminal networks and the economic, political and social impact of crime. You will explore the response of states and international organisations to crime, particularly in the current era and through changes in the past few decades. The unit provides an historical perspective on such activities as drug trafficking, prostitution and piracy. A central concern is the issue of how, when and with what consequences various activities have been deemed to be criminal.

By the end of this unit we expect that the student will have:

  1. gained a broader understanding of how criminal activities affect the practice of business and politics in Asia
  2. gained a new perspective on Australia’s relations with Asia and the wider world
  3. developed a long-term interest in keeping informed about criminal activities in the Asia Pacific
  4. improved their ability to evaluate and work with concepts and theories
  5. developed skills in reading and analyzing a wide variety of texts
  6. developed their ability to write clearly and concisely.
  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (25%)
  • Assignment 3 (25%)
  • Invigilated Exam (30%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 2 units normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 units or other relevant experience.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Defining crime
2Organised crime
4The drug trade
6Human trafficking and smuggling
7White collar and intellectual property crime
8Measuring the impact of crime & corruption
9The response of states & international organisations
10Review of major themes

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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