Nottingham, United Kingdom

Serious and Organised Crime

when 15 July 2024 - 26 July 2024
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 10 EC
fee GBP 1200

Serious and Organised Crime (SOC) has become a significant concern and appears to be on the increase globally. Within this course we explore the motivations, activities and structures surrounding the overarching umbrella of SOC.

Using case studies such as the Japanese Yakuza and Italian Mafia, alongside British examples of Organised Crime to illustrate the links and progression from local to global, we will discuss the structures and hierarchies of Organised Crime Groups (OCGs) as well as some of the more prominent forms of organised crime.

During the course you will examine lesser-known forms of organised crime including:
• Slavery
• Trafficking of people
• Products or wildlife
• Racketeering
and how these crimes are facilitated (corruption, money laundering, supportive legitimate enterprises).

Course leader

Neil Radford
Department of Criminology

Target group

The course is multi-disciplinary and would be suitable for a range of academic interests from criminology to sociology, law, international relations, and many other disciplines. The course is ideal for university-level students with an interest in this area, but no prior subject specific learning is required.

Course aim

After studying on this course, you should be able to:

• Critically assess a variety of interpretations, motivations and activities relating to national and transnational SOC.
• Evaluate impacts of specific OCGs along with their activities and the national and/or international criminal justice and policy responses.
• Independently appraise the legitimacy and effectiveness of national and international policy responses to organised crime.
• Effectively communicate and articulate a research-informed critical account of the activities of OCGs and responses to organised crime.

Assessment: a 5-minute oral presentation and defence of a report followed by a 10-minute Q&A.

Credits info

10 EC
10 UK Credit / 5 ECTS. You will receive a certificate and an official NTU transcript of results with your credits recorded.

Fee info

GBP 1200: Apply and pay your tuition fee by 30 April 2024 and receive our Early-Bird discount of £100. Tuition fee includes course materials, our exciting social and cultural programme, support from our friendly team of student buddies, use of our GSS Hub with free drinks, and a trip to the beautiful university city of Cambridge.
GBP 440: Accommodation in our on-campus student halls. All rooms are single with ensuite facilities and shared kitchen and living spaces. Halls are self-catered and kitchen and bedding packs will be provided. Our accommodation is right in the heart of the city and so there are lots of food shops, cafes, restaurants, bars and takeaways just a short walk away.


£100 early-bird discount if tuition fee payment is received by 30 April 2024. A further discount is offered to groups of 10+ students travelling from the same University.