The University of Southampton

CRIM3006 Global Crime and Justice

Module Overview

This module is designed to help you understanding how Criminology as a science is a comparative global endeavour.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

- Build upon your Level 2 knowledge of criminology in order to explore areas of crime and criminal justice beyond the normal nation-state limits of contemporary criminology - Use comparative data to understand cross-national patterns of criminal behaviour - Examine comparative criminological responses to human rights violations (e .g. human trafficking; drugs; war crimes; organised crime) - Study crime in different parts of the world, to identify common variables within criminological theory and test concepts and ideas under multiple socio-cultural environments

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply criminological knowledge and perspectives to the area of global crime and justice.
  • Challenge parochialism in these areas with a global perspective.
  • Demonstrate a critical knowledge of key areas of global crime and justice including critical evaluation of comparative criminological responses.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the impact on crime and injustice of various forms of conflict and social change.
  • Critically evaluate the limits of parochialism and the challenges of cosmopolitanism in response to global crime.
  • Challenge ‘common sense’ and media-led approaches.
  • Analyse complex sets of relationships between global cultures and crime.
  • Critically evaluate the impact of conflict and social change in relation to global issues in crime and justice.
  • Consider issues of crime and injustice in a global context using comparative criminological theory.
  • Cogitate reflexively on the limits of ‘comparative criminology'.


This module is designed to help you understand how Criminology as a science is a comparative global endeavour. This course seeks to explore the possibilities and limitations of comparative criminology from a global perspective by examining case studies in industrialised, socialist and developing countries, in areas such as policing, IP crime, Cyber-crime, Money laundering, Illegal trafficking, Terrorism, Victimisation, Imprisonment, Capital punishment, and crimes of Genocide, Humanity, Aggression and War. Within the framework of comparative criminology, we will examine global theories of modernity, theories of crime, deviance and social response, and global theories of crime and criminal justice in relation to socio-demographic and geo-political data.

Special Features

Emphasis on global crime and justice using a comparative criminological approach.

Learning and Teaching

Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Other. Library resources have been steadily built up in this area. There are a range of journals subscribed to which will be very used. News media resources are also available in the form of Nexis database. There are no other resource issues.



MethodPercentage contribution
Critical responses 10%
Essay  (3000 words) 70%
Group presentation  (20 minutes) 20%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Prerequisites: CRIM2001 OR CRIM2002 OR CRIM2003 OR SOCI2006

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