Organised Crime - 2016

To enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into a course from the provider. Read before you start

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (30%) , Assignment 2 (50%) - Learn more

Unit provided by

2016 Fees
Domestic 3,120.00
International 3,370.00

This unit explores the essential characteristics of organised crime by reference to sociological theories of causation and examination of case studies of the major criminal enterprises around the world, including those in the emerging democracies and ungoverned territories. It also traverses the nexus between organised crime and terrorism, its present impact and its future threat before examining state responses to this criminal phenomenon.

On completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. review and understand the dynamics of organised crime in its various forms
  2. examine and critique critical texts, concepts and theories relating to the study of organised crime
  3. create informed assessments of organised crime, upon which treatment and prevention policies could be formulated
  4. model advanced research and higher level critical thinking skills, particularly the ability to select appropriately and integrate knowledge from diverse sources and present findings logically
  5. demonstrate higher level communication skills including the ability to present sustained and persuasive written arguments cogently and coherently.
  • Assignment 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 (50%)
  • Assignment 3 (20%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Sociology of Organised Crime
2Businesses of Organised Crime - Direct and Derivative
3Major Socio-Ethnic Dimensions
4Diaspora and Global Manifestations
5Vulnerable Communities & Organised Crime
6Globalisation & Transnational Crime
7Organised Crime & the Underground Economy
8State Responses to Organised Crime
9Present & Future Threat to National and Domestic Security

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

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).

Enquire online

Need to ask a question that's best put down in words?
Make an online enquiry.

Enquire now

Ready to enrol?

Start studying this unit now.


Got a question?

Get an answer from one of our friendly Student Advisors.