Transnatl Crime&the State (LAW-795TC-001)
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TRANSNATIONAL CRIME AND THE STATE
This course explores the proliferation of transnational crime and its effect on the integrity of the state. The course consists of four blocks. The first block, Weeks 1 through 5, focuses on the context of the current international system and the tools the state employs to combat transnational crime. The second block, Weeks 6 through 8, focuses on transnational crime and the role of the military in criminal law enforcement. Weeks 9 through 12 comprise the third block and complete the foundation of the course. During this block, discussion will center on states and other international actors. The course closes in Weeks 13 and 14, the final block. During Week 13, students will participate in a practical in-class exercise, advocating a state’s interests as they arise in a transnational criminal scenario. During the last week, students will present and discuss their course papers.
The class is blog-based. Readings are accessible electronically and divided into core material and focused selections. All students are expected to read core material and assigned focused selections. Student interaction is a critical facet of this seminar and students are expected to work with each other throughout the semester.
Course Objectives: The objectives of this course are to:Identify transnational crimes and how the strengths and weaknesses of sovereignty affect the integrity and vitality of states. Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of existing tools to combat transnational crime. Understand competing forces and interests a state must reconcile as it combats transnational crime. Consider options to ensure the integrity and vitality of the current international system or its probable successor.
Writing assignment: Each student will write a paper of publishable quality not to exceed 15 double-spaced pages (excluding cover page and footnotes). Students must select and receive instructor approval for topics no later than the opening of the sixth session. An outline is due no later than Week 8, a draft no later than Week 11, and the final paper is due Week 13. Grading: Participation, the in-class exercise, and the paper will count for 40%, 20%, and 40% of the grade, respectively. Criteria will be reviewed during the first seminar and periodically throughout the semester. Students must complete the course requirements to pass the course.
Class Attendance: Attendance is mandatory unless excused.
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