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Postgraduate Course: Organised Crime and the Law (LAWS11299)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaLaw Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course examines how the United Kingdom and its constituent jurisdictions have responded to the threat of organised criminality, by amendment of substantive laws and criminal procedure, and through the adoption of civil measures. The primary focus is on domestic legislation and case law, though reference is made to transnational and international legal measures and to the jurisprudence of the ECHR. Comparative reference is also made to the United States and other common law jurisdictions. Throughout, the doctrinal law is placed in context by the use of criminological theories.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  25
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course it is expected that students will be able to
- Demonstrate an understanding of the problematic and contested nature of the definition of organised crime
- Assess critically the range of legal mechanisms introduced across the UK to deal with organised crime, including substantive and procedural laws
- Distinguish between the different jurisdictions in the UK as well as other common law jurisdictions as regards domestic legal responses to organised crime
- Use criminological insights to identify certain trends in dealing with organised crime, and to explain the adoption of certain measures over others
- Engage critically with the work of leading scholars in the area, as well as assessing their own written work
- Demonstrate development of key research, communication and time management skills:
o the ability to work independently
o the ability to synthesise and communicate information effectively
Assessment Information
Class participation (on-going) - 20%
Detailed criteria will be circulated at the beginning of semester. Each student will be given feedback mid-way through the term as to his/her participation mark, and about how this may be improved.

Written work of 5,000 words - 80%
Students will have the choice between three options:
1. a critical essay on a set question;
2. a critical essay on a topic of their own choosing, as approved by the CO;
3. a law reform paper on a set issue.
All of these pieces will require a separate reflective element (max. 500 words) where the student comments on what s/he believes is the deserved grade and why. This will not be part of the summative assessment, but it is hoped that this exercise will enhance students' critical skills and require more reflection on their own work.
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Course organiserDr Elizabeth Campbell
Tel: (0131 6)50 2050
Course secretaryMr Douglas Thompson
Tel: (0131 6)50 2022
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