GPM516 Transnational Organised Crime (8)

An increasingly globalised world order has brought with it an increasingly networked crime-terror nexus. Transnational Organised Crime (TOC) is a rising challenge for law enforcement, intelligence, and policy makers around the world due its complex socio-political dynamics and drivers. In this subject, you will explore transnational security threats to law and order, national security, and community cohesion at regional and international levels. You will be introduced to real world case studies regarding criminal networks, commodities and markets, cartels and networks, mafias and other organisations, to understand the implications of transnational organised crime. By analysing its evolution, you will be able to make threat assessments using regional and global perspectives.


Session 3 (90)
Manly Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: GPM516. 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:
  • be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge of transnational organised crime, with reference to theory and subnational organisations and networks to assess developing threats in regional and global scope;
  • be able to critically analyse transnational organised crime, with reference to globalised networks, to provide operational, tactical, and strategic insight into diverse threats;
  • be able to utilise appropriate research methods to investigate the networks and relationships in transnational organised crime groups;
  • be able to objectively evaluate responses to transnational organised crime to inform professional practice and ethical decision-making; and
  • be able to clearly communicate complex issues regarding transnational organised crime appropriately to specialist and non-specialist audiences.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to transnational organised crime
  • Transnational security threats, globalisation, and socio-political contexts
  • Commodities and markets for transnational organised crime
  • Transnational criminal networks, cartels, mafias, and organisations
  • International and regional perspectives on transnational organised crime
  • Countering transnational organised crime

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of GPM516 in Session 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Illicit commodity or toc group profiling
Illicit market evaluation or toc threat assessment
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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.