Organised Crime - 2017

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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 2017: Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Assessment 1 (30%) , Assignment 2 - Assessment 2 (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,214.00
International 3,464.00

Organised crime is increasingly becoming a major threat to Australia’s national security. However, the parameters of organised crime remain largely subjective and its dynamic not well understood. Still, the insidious, clandestine, pervasive, destructive and resilient nature of organised crime, its variable manifestations, its global presence, transnational operations and its undeniable but often immeasurable impacts, render it among the highest of priorities for establishing and maintaining the safety, security and well-being of individuals, populations and states. In this unit we will adopt a thematic study of the markets, networks, drivers, environment, impacts and emerging trends of organised crime through the use of a combination of open source research and discussion by current industry professionals.

On completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. evaluate the markets, networks and key drivers of organised crime on a regional and international basis
  2. examine and explore critical texts, concepts and theories relating to the investigation of organised crime.
  3. examine the socio-economic factors that drive the development of organised crime
  4. investigate the macro and micro level impacts of organised crime on society
  5. examine the linkage between organised crime and terrorism
  6. investigate the emerging markets for organised crime including the role of technology in its facilitation.
  • Assignment 1 — Assessment 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Assessment 2 (50%)
  • Assignment 3 — Assessment 3 (20%)

A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this unit will be provided in your study materials.

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

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