School of Law

SOLM198 Crimes of the Powerful: State Crime (Sem 2)

Module Description

This module is about crime committed by governments and it explores the definition and nature of state crime in criminological and political discourse. The module aims to develop a critical understanding of the nature of the state and the scale and type of crimes committed by governments and their agents. The definitional processes involved in labeling states acts as criminal are explored, as are the forces which explain why and how states enter into deviant or criminal practices. Consisting of lectures, seminars and film, the following list is indicative of the subjects that will be covered: Torture, State-corporate crime, counter-terrorism and human rights, Natural Disasters, Asylum Policy as state crime, War Crimes, Genocide, Resisting State Crime: the power of civil society, corruption, state crime denial,  comparative genocides, and forced evictions. The course will also feature visiting leading scholars, and representatives from key NGOs.

Applicable Groupings

  • LLM in Human Rights Law
  • LLM in Public International Law
  • LLM in Criminal Justice Law

Mode of Assessment

3,000-4,000 word essay

Credits

15 Credits