CSS 403: Contemporary Development in Criminology and Security Studies

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the students should be able to:

  1. discuss the assumptions of emerging theoretical and methodological approaches in criminology and security studies;
  2. identify national global trends and patterns of crime and insecurity;
  3. discuss new approaches to the prevention and control of crime and insecurity;
  4. identify trends in roles of international organisations and professional law enforcement associations;
  5. assess the roles of Regional Economic Communities and African Union in promoting security, democracy, peace and development;
  6. link the nexus between globalisation, transnational crimes and policing; and
  7. discuss trends in criminology and security studies in Africa.
Course Contents

Contemporary developments in criminology theory and research. Emerging pattern and trends of crime and insecurity at local and global levels. New directions in research. Policy options and debates. Emerging trend in national and global approaches to the prevention, control and mitigation of crime and insecurity. Role of technology in perpetration, prevention and control of crime.

Nexus between globalisation and transnational crime and policing. Transnational instruments, law enforcement organisations and associations in transnational crimes. Regional Economic Communities and African Union and promotion of security, democracy, peace and development. Trends in criminology and security studies in Africa.