VAK Titel der Veranstaltung Dozent/In Semester
08-26-4-M11-3 Global Crime
Anja Jakobi / Christopher Paun SoSe 209

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 international community.


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 evaluation.


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

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.


- Exams/‘Scheine’


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


- StudIP.

More detailed course information is online on 'Stud.IP' ( ).

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)


Naím , Moisés (2003): The Five Wars of Globalization. Foreign Policy, Jan/Feb 2003, 28-37.


Reichel, Philip (Ed.) (2005): Handbook of Transnational Crime & Justice, Sage Publications.

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