JST536 Emerging Issues and Professional Practices in Trans-national Crime Investigations (16)

The subject analyses the theory of transnational crime, the emerging trends and practices of transnational crime investigations in addition to the policing of these types of global crimes. This study focuses upon the existing forms of (complex and sophisticated) criminal activity such as drug trafficking, human trafficking, illegal arms trade and financial crime and also examines emerging forms of criminality such as environmental crime, trafficking of cultural property, piracy and organ trafficking.  Students will explore local education programmes along with the dynamics of operational, strategic and tactical demands for enforcement response and political and social influences.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Manly Campus
Session 2 (60)
Manly Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST536. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Have an advanced level of knowledge and understanding of the emerging trends within transnational crime in association with globalisation.
  • Be able to critically analyse the emerging practices of transnational organised crime groups and investigative responses.
  • Understand and critically analyse recent developments within the criminological theory of transnational crime.
  • Demonstrate a mastery and critical understanding of the theoretical, legal and regulatory approaches to transnational crime.
  • Be able to critically analyse and reflect upon the growth of collaboration strategies between global enforcement agencies and other organisations in the fight against transnational crime.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1 - Recent developments in international law and legal processes in the fight against transnational crime.
  • Module 2 - The cyber technologies world as a vulnerability and as an investigative tool in transnational crime investigation.
  • Module 3 - Future strategies, practices and policies to combat emerging trends in transnational crime.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.