|Owning Department/School:||Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies|
|Level:||Honours (FHEQ level 6)|
|Assessment:||CW 33%, ES 67%|
|Supplementary Assessment:||Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)|
This unit has four main aims:
1. to provide students with a detailed theoretical/empirical understanding of organised crime in Italy;
2. to provide students with an appreciation of the theoretical debates associated with organised crime and its relationship with civil society and politics;
3. to enable students to develop a critical/analytical approach to the major issues raised by organised crime in Italy;
4. to help students improve research techniques through use of a case study.
On completion of this unit, students should:
1. have in-depth knowledge of the phenomenon of organised crime gangs in Italy, including a detailed understanding of their political, economic and social features as well as their relationships with politicians and businessmen;
2. be familiar with theories of organised crime and its political significance;
3. be familiar with the major debates about organised crime in Italy;
4. be able to respond in an informed manner to questions about the existence and persistence of organised crime in Italy and the threat which it poses to Italian democracy;
5. design and write a case study on an aspect of organised crime in Italy which demonstrates the empirical and theoretical knowledge detailed above.
Skills in critical analysis, conceptual thinking, precision in the use of written and spoken language, exercise of independent judgement, reasoned argument, teamwork and the planning/conduct/reporting of non-quantitative research are developed and assessed in this unit.
Defining Italian organised crime; theoretical approaches to organised crime and democracy in Italy; criminal and civic culture; modernisation of criminal business and white collar crime; politics, clientelism and organised crime; La Mafia, Camorra, Ndrnagheta e Corona Sacra unita; the Alfieri Confederation - a case study; foreign criminal groups in Italy; the trials of Giulio Andreotti and Antonio Gava; Italy's fight against organised crime; challenges to Italian democracy.
* Arlacchi, P. (1986) Mafia Business, The Mafia Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, OUP: Oxford.
* Gambetta, D. (1993) The Sicilian Mafia, OUP: Oxford.
* Stile, A. (1995) Excellent Cadavers, The Mafia and the Death of the First Republic, Jonathan Cape: London.
PL30548 is Optional on the following programmes:Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies