7 August 2020
State Crime: Government Violence and Corruption
When we turn on or read the news, we usually see stories of people around the world suffering at the hands of their own governments. Have you ever wondered what is really going on? How do these things happen? How can we stop it? This module is about crime committed by governments and it explores the definition and nature of state crime in criminological and political discourse. We look at examples of state crime and analyse them as a class. By the end of the course you will have a greater understanding of the worst types of crime. Arm yourself with academic theories and knowledge and never watch or read the news the same way again!
The module aims to develop a critical understanding of the nature of the state and the scale and type of crimes committed by governments and their agents. The definitional processes involved in labelling state’s acts as criminal are explored, as are the forces which explain why and how states enter into deviant or ‘criminal’ practices.
Teaching in lectures and seminars will be supplemented with a number of structured study sessions, such as a supervised library skills workshop, and assessment preparation for the coursework.
By the end of the course, the students will be able to demonstrate intellectual, transferable and practicable skills and in particular will be able to:
Demonstrate the ability to identify potential state crimes based on criminological definitions.
Understand some of the basic political and economic forces that may drive state crime.
Explain why and how states might enter into criminal activity.
Dr Thomas MacManus
The course aims to develop a critical understanding of the nature of the state and the scale and type of crimes and human rights abuses committed by governments and their agents. The definitional processes involved in labelling states acts as criminal are explored, as are the forces which explain why and how states enter into deviant or criminal practices. The course is taught using lectures, seminars, film and off-campus tours/visits. The will be plenty of time for stimulating class discussions over the three weeks and the following subjects will be covered (amongst others): torture, state-corporate crime, anti-terrorism and human rights, natural disasters, asylum policy as state crime, war crimes, genocide, and resistance to state crime. The course is assessed by essay and a short presentation.
You will study one course per Queen Mary Summer School session. Each course is worth 15 Queen Mary credits.
Usually, the 15 credits we award for each three-week Queen Mary Summer School session translate to 3–4 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system.
Your home institution should confirm if they will grant credit for Summer School courses. Whilst we will do everything we can to support you throughout the Summer School application process, it's your responsibility to check with your home institution if you can transfer credit from the Summer School prior to arriving at Queen Mary.
GBP 1700: The Queen Mary Summer School costs: £1,700 per session.
We are offering a 10% early bird discount for those who apply before 31 March 2019.
From 31 March onwards we will offer a 10% discount to:
• Students and staff from partner institutions
• Current Queen Mary students
On campus accommodation will cost approximately £670 per session.
Additional costs and course excursions
Please note that some courses have some additional fees not included in the tuition fee. These fees are for activities and field trips that may take place away from our campus. We will give further details of these costs in due course.
Please note there is no deposit payment required for the Queen Mary Summer School.
GBP 50: There is a non-refundable application fee of £50.
There are no scholarships available for this course