Global criminal organizations

A.A. 2020/2021
6
Crediti massimi
40
Ore totali
SSD
SPS/09
Lingua
Inglese
Obiettivi formativi
The course deals with the main features and dynamics of global criminal organizations employing a sociological perspective. Its learning objectives are the following:
1) to provide students with the main definitions of global criminal organizations -from organized crime to criminal networks;
2) to provide students with knowledge on the global criminal organizations' involvement in legal and illegal markets;
3) to provide students with knowledge on global criminal organizations' structures and modus operandi: i.e. hierarchical or loose configurations; division of labour; use of violence and/or corruption; routes of trafficked illicit goods or persons; relationships among different criminal organizations and various sectors of the criminal network; criminal groups' use of information and communication technology, etc..
4) to provide students with knowledge on the global spread of the Italian mafias, including Cosa nostra, 'Ndrangheta and Camorra.
Risultati apprendimento attesi
Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of:
1) the main definitions of global criminal organizations elaborated by various institutions, including universities, law enforcement agencies, international organizations, think tanks, NGOs, and by the media;
2) the main activities (legal and illegal) and methods of global criminal organizations;
3) the criminal, socio-economic and cultural factors influencing global criminal organizations' modus operandi;
4) the impact of global criminal organizations'activities in terms of breaching human rights.
Students will develop the ability to:
1) apply knowledge and understanding of global criminal organizations in relation to the main challenges posed by them to society and economy at international and local level;
2) to read critically and contrast official and media representations of global criminal organizations;
3) to read in-depth and critically sources for analysing the development of criminal global organizations, including reports issued by international organizations and by law enforcement, judicial files and first-hand accounts of witnesses;
4) to communicate clearly and through an appropriate language data and analyses about complex issues related to global criminal organizations and countermeasures to tackle them.
Given that criminal organizations are increasingly becoming a crucial actors of contemporary society, the above abilities are fundamental, in order to improve the understanding of global societies and international policies.
Programma e organizzazione didattica

Edizione unica

Responsabile
Periodo
Primo trimestre
The lessons will be held synchronously on Microsoft Teams platform. They will be recorded and available on the same platform.
On the ARIEL website of the course students will find information on how to access Microsoft Teams lessons and about the method of evaluation.
Programma
The course's programme is divided in three parts:
1) The first part will discuss the definition of global criminal organizations by focussing on the international debate on the concepts of organized crime and transnational organized crime;
2) The second part will deal with the features of global criminal organizations by analysing their structures - from hierarchical to network models -, and methods - from violence to corruption;
3) The third part will explore the activities carried out by global criminal organizations by analysing their participation in some markets and trafficking, like arms, drugs and human beings.
Prerequisiti
A general knowledge on globalisation processes is desirable.
Metodi didattici
The course forsees teacher-led lessons, lectures given by experts, reading of primary sources - such as judicial files, law enforcement agencies' reports and first-hand accounts of witnesses - and students' presentations.
All these activities will take place online through Microsoft teams platform.
Materiale di riferimento
Attending students
- Antonopoulos G. A., Papanicolaou, G. (2018) Organized Crime. A very short introduction, Oxford University Press, Oxford (chapters 1, 2, 3 and 5)
- Massari, M. (2017) "Reconsidering Transnational Organised Crime in the Shadow of Globalisation: The Case of Human Smuggling across the Mediterranean", in S. Carnevale, S. Forlani, O. Giolo, Redifining Organized Crime. A challenge for the European Union, Hart Publishing, Oxford. Available in the Ariel page of the course

Non attending students
- Catino, M. (2019) Mafia Organizations. The visible hand of criminal organizations, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (from p. 11 to p 288).
- Massari M. (2017), "Reconsidering Transnational Organised Crime in the Shadow of Globalisation: The Case of Human Smuggling across the Mediterranean", in S. Carnevale, S. Forlani, O. Giolo, Redifining Organized Crime. A challenge for the European Union, Hart Publishing, Oxford. Available in the Ariel page of the course.
- Reuter, P. (2014) "Drug Markets and Organized Crime", in L. Paoli (edited by), The Oxford Handbook of Organized Crime, Oxford University Press, Oxford (from p. 359 to p.376). Available in the Ariel page of the course.
- Feinstein, A., Holden, P. (2014) "Arms Trafficking", in L. Paoli (edited by), The Oxford Handbook of Organized Crime, Oxford University Press, Oxford (from p. 444 to p. 459. Available in the Ariel page of the course.
Modalità di verifica dell’apprendimento e criteri di valutazione
Evaluation of attending students is based on:
1) engagement into class activities and discussion in the classroom (10% of evaluation);
2) class presentation (30% of evaluation): divided in small groups students are expected to give a power point presentation on one of the course's topics (chosen and agreed with the teacher at the beginning of the course);
3) oral exam (60% of evaluation) evaluating:
- the students' knowledge about the course' topics, with reference both to the lectures and the material foreseen in the program for attending students;
- students' capacity to critically read the sources analysed in class during the course;
- student's capacity to correctly express themselves using terms and notions appropriate to the course's content.

Evaluation of non-attending students is based on an oral exam that is intended to evaluate:
1) the students' knowledge about the course' topics, with reference to the book and essays indicated for non-attending students;
2) student's capacity to correctly express themselves using terms and notions appropriate to the course's content.
SPS/09 - SOCIOLOGIA DEI PROCESSI ECONOMICI E DEL LAVORO - CFU: 6
Lezioni: 40 ore
Docente/i
Ricevimento:
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Dipartimento di studi internazionali giuridici e storico-politici, primo piano, via Conservatorio 7 (edificio via Passione)