This course explores the
field of crime policies in international relations. It places global crime in a
framework of international relations and political science, it analyzes crimes
and their impact as well as it presents political solutions envisaged by the
The course has three parts:
First, the course deals with basic questions like ‘What is global crime?’,
‘What are crime policies?’ and ‘What has it to do with political science or
other disciplines?’. In the second part, case studies of global crimes are
presented. These are (1) corruption and money laundering, (2) drug trafficking,
(3) human smuggling and trafficking, (4) intellectual property crimes, and (5)
the link between civil war economies and transnational crime. The sessions
include analysis of activities of international organizations. The final part
resumes the seminar and provides an outlook to the papers as well as the course
Note to the Students:
We appreciate your interest in this course and are looking forward to
working with you. Please read the next lines carefully to get an idea of what
is expected in this seminar. The course will be held in English, including the
presentations to be made by the students. Therefore, you should have a good
command of English. However, nobody is perfect, and if unsure, we encourage you
to look whether you are not better than you expect to be.
Presentations are required to go beyond the texts to be read by all
participants. As presenter, your role is to elaborate on specific aspects that
your colleagues were not required to read and we can help you selecting
adequate texts. Moreover, presentations need to be prepared well in advance,
and we request you to talk with us about your specific plans about the session
at least two weeks before.
It is required that you actively participate in the seminar, its
discussions and group work.
A Medium Level Exam (MPL, 3 credit points) requires a presentation (app.
15 minutes) incl. written summary (app. 5 pages).
An Upper Level Exam (GPL, 6 credit points) requires either a written
paper (app. 15-20 pages), to be submitted at latest on August 31, 2009, or an
oral examination in July (30 minutes, covers the course content in general and
a specialization in one thematic issue)
Please note: You have the possibility to reduce the GPL workload of the written
paper to 10-15 pages and the GPL oral examination to 20 minutes if you give a
voluntary presentation in the course (this presentation is an asset and will
not negatively influence your grade).
Erasmus, Teacher Students, and Diploma Students need to choose between
GPL (6 credit points) and MPL (3 credit points
More detailed course information is online on 'Stud.IP' ( www.elearning.uni-bremen.de ).
A personal account is necessary to access that area. If you are not yet
registered, but would like to participate in the course, please note that
registration is strictly required. Only online registration can grant access to
the course, its material and the mostly email-based communication.
After all these rules and regulations, please let us again emphasize
that we are looking forward to your participation in the seminar,
Anja P. Jakobi & Christopher J. Paun
Literatur zur Vorbereitung:
Andreas, Peter and Nadelman, Ethan (2008): Policing the Globe.
Criminalization and Crime Control in International Relations. Oxford University
Press (This book is frequently used in the course. Purchase recommended: 14,99 EUR)
(2003): The Five Wars of Globalization. Foreign Policy, Jan/Feb 2003,
Reichel, Philip (Ed.) (2005): Handbook
of Transnational Crime & Justice, Sage Publications.