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Rechtswissenschaftliche Fakultät Lehrstuhl Schwarzenegger

Herbstsemester 21

Criminology (Master)

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Nora Markwalder

Date and time: From 1 October 2021 to 17 December 2021 every Friday,
08:00 - 09:45 am. Please note that the first lecture on 24 September 2021 will not take place.

Language: English

Lecture format: Lectures are expected to be held live in mostly regular fashion and will subsequently be provided as podcasts. Regarding to the on-site teaching, there is a Covid certificate requirement for attendees. Potential changes to the lecture format will be published on Olat.

Course Material: The whole course material will be made available on Olat.

Type of assessment: Written exam in January (most likely multiple choice). The exact date is to be determined.

Transnational Organised Crime - The UN Perspective

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Andreas Schloenhardt 

Dates and times:

  • 05.10. 2021, 9:00-11:00 (KO2-F-152)
  • 30.11.2021, 11:00-17:00 (KO2-F-152)
  • 01.12.2021, 11:00-17:00 (KOL-G-217)
  • 02.12.2021, 11:00-17:00 (KOL-G-217)

Please note: Interested students should email their expression of interest to no later than 1 October 2021. Students will then receive additional course information, including the assessment methods and an enrolment and selection form by return email. This form must be completed and returned by email to no later than Sunday 3 October 2021, 9am.

A first meeting for this course will be held on 5 October 2021 between 1:00 and 2:00pm (13:00-14:00pm). Participants will be selected on 4 October and informed about their enrolment on the same day. A first meeting for this course will be held on 5 October 2021 between 1:00 and 2:00pm (13:00-14:00pm).

Course description: Contemporary Crime and Criminal Justice are increasingly characterised by the globalisation of criminal activities and international efforts to combat transnational crime. This course explores the international legal framework and best practice guidelines to prevent and suppress transnational organised crime, including drug trafficking, trafficking in persons, and the smuggling of migrants. The course outlines and examines the criminalisation of these activities and analyses national and international efforts to investigate such crime and prosecute offenders.

The course is designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of contemporary patterns and characteristics of transnational organised crime and relevant international conventions in this field. The seminars, individual and team-based exercises, and assessment in this course invite students to gain insight into the levels and characteristics of various types of organized crime and critically reflect on international, regional, and domestic laws and policies designed to combat these phenomena. The course enhances students’ abilities to engage with and research policy documents and legal material, critically analyse legislation, case studies and scholarly writing, present research findings to academic audiences, and elaborate practical recommendations for law reform and policy change relevant to the subject area.

Course material: All course material will be provided to participants online (OLAT) no later than four weeks prior to the main teaching days.

Type of assessment: active participation (25% of total grade), short paper (75%).

Covered topics: Organised Crime, Drug trafficking, Trafficking in Persons,       Smuggling of Migrants.


Link to course catalogue