Module Details

SC556-7-AU-CO: Organised Crime: Global And Local

Year: 2017/18
Department: Sociology
Essex credit: 20
ECTS credit: 10
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Dr Anna Sergi
Teaching Staff: Dr Anna Sergi
Contact details: Michele Hall, Graduate Administrator, Tel: 01206 873051 Email:

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

Organised Crime: Global and local covers the construction of organised crime as a concept, and the utility of the concept as a tool of governance. In doing so, the module will look at both landmark studies and the emerging horizons within the field of organised crime studies by close readings of recent cutting-edge work by leading authors in the field.

This module examines the phenomena of organised crime from critical and theoretical perspectives. By starting from the paradigms of mafias, especially Italian mafias, and the definitions of organised crime, through a multi-disciplinary approach, this module will engage with key definitional debates relating to social, political, media, cultural and ideological dimensions of this field of study. Additionally, theoretical debates are outlined and applied to counter measures, in criminal law and criminal procedures against organised crime across states. In addition to its international and interdisciplinary focus on different organised criminal activities, the module will look at different countries, groups’ movements and migration of criminal activities. The module emphasises the local sphere of criminal networks and their links with societies and communities as a lens through which many of these themes are filtered.

Learning and Teaching Methods

Weekly two-hour workshop sessions


100 per cent Coursework Mark


1 report of 1000 words and 1 essay 3500 words


  • Paoli, L. (2014) The Oxford Handbook of Organized Crime, Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Varese, F. (2011) Mafias on the Move, Princeton University
  • Hobbs, D. (1988) Doing the Business, Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Hobbs, D. (1995) Bad Business,
  • Hobbs, D. (1998), 'Going Down the Glocal: the local context of organised crime', The Howard Journal, 37, 4: 407 - 22
  • Hobbs, D. (2001), 'The Firm: organizational logic and criminal culture on a shifting terrain', British Journal of Criminology, 41: 549 - 60.
  • Hobbs, D (2012) Lush Life Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Sergi A. and Lavorgna A. (2016) 'Ndrangheta: the glocal dimension of the most powerful Italian mafia, London: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Wright, A. (2006) Organised Crime, Devon: Willan
  • Reichel, P. (ed.) (2005) Handbook of Transnational Crime and Justice, London: Sage
  • Rawlinson, P. (2010) From Fear to Fraternity, London: Pluto
  • Edwards, A. and Gill, P. (eds.) (2003) Transnational Organised Crime: Perspectives on Global Security, London: Routledge
  • Levi, M. (2007) 'Organised and Terrorist Crimes', Maguire, M., et al Eds. The Oxford Handbook of Criminology. 4th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Levi, Michael (1998) 'Perspectives on 'Organised Crime': An Overview' Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 37, 4: 335 -345
  • Coles, Nigel (2001) 'It's not what you know - it's who you know that counts: analysing serious crime groups as social networks', British Journal of Criminology, 41: 580 -94
  • Pearce, F. & Woodiwiss, M. (eds.) (1990) Global Crime Connections, Basingstoke: MacMillan
  • Woodiwiss,M and Hobbs, D 'Organized Evil and the Atlantic Alliance: Moral Panics and the Rhetoric of Organized Crime Policing in America and Britain', British Journal of Criminology 2009, Vol 49, No 1

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