Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC3036: International Criminal Justice: Application of Theory to Transnational and International Crime

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following themes over one or more weeks:

Introduction to International Criminal Justice and Criminological Theory –What is the purpose and use of theory? 

Theoretical Frameworks in Criminology –Strain theories, Control theories, Biological/Psychological theories, Deterrence and Rational Choice/Routine Activities theories, Social Disorganization theory, Social Learning theory, Labeling and Radicalization theories

Transnational Crime –discuss various types of transnational crime (e.g. cybercrime, money laundering, environmental crime, etc.), theoretical explanations for these crimes, and theory-based policy implications

Transnational Organized Crime –discuss the history of transnational organized crime and impact of globalization, and apply criminological theories

International Crime –discuss international crimes: war crimes, crimes against humanity, crimes of aggression, and genocide

Explanations of International and Transnational Crime –comparing theoretical explanations for these types of crime and developing research designs to test theories

Delivering International Justice –discuss how the world attempts to deal with transnational and international crimes

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity 1111 x 1-hour seminars (lecturer’s explanations, student participation and discussion)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity113 x 1 hour data analysis tutorials; 8 x 1 hour linked tutorials involving presentations and discussions; revision/prep for exam session
Guided Independent Study24Reading assignments and preparing for the tutorials
Guided Independent Study30Preparing tutorial presentation
Guided Independent Study20Additional reading/research
Guided Independent Study54Preparation for and completion of all exams

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).