POL303 Organised Crime (8)

This subject deals with: the problems of defining organised crime; with the history, both overseas and in Australia, of traditional forms of organising crime in the vice industry; corporate crime and public sector corruption; and policy implications of contemporary debates for policing and security agencies.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Manly Campus
Session 2 (60)
Manly Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: POL303. 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

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is only available to participants in the following courses:
Bachelor of Policing
Bachelor of Policing (Investigations)
Bachelor of Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Public Safety and Security



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Research and identify the historical development of organised crime to explain current nature and extent;
  • Examine the impact/relationship of globalisation on organised crime and identify its impact/relationship on trafficking, gangs, narcotics and terrorism; and
  • Analyse and report on the impact of organised crime on democracy, outlining current practices of disruption and difficulties to still be faced.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Defining organised crime
  • Histories of traditional organised crime in North America, Europe, South East Asia, Australia
  • Recent developments in organised crime in Australia
  • Other forms of organised crime
  • The corruption debate
  • Policy implications

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of POL303 in Session 1 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 %
Assessment item 1
Assessment item 2

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.