|Course level||Advanced Bachelor/Master, open to PhD staff and professionals|
|Session 2||20 July to 3 August 2019|
|Session 1: International Criminal Justice|
Session 3: Transnational Policing
|Co-ordinating lecturers||Dr Juan P. Mendoza|
|Other lecturers||Dr Clarissa Meerts and guest from the Netherlands Institute
for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement
|Form(s) of tuition||Lectures, group sessions (including videos, discussions,
class activities, interactive webtools), excursions
|Form(s) of assessment||Multiple-choice tests, group assignments (mid-term presentation and
“amazing race” – see Excursions), individual report on a specific crime
This course takes a fresh approach to the study of organized crime by viewing it through the prism of business and economics. For example, how do criminal organizations deal with competitors? Do they have a “brand”? How do they recruit new talent and innovate?
The syllabus is divided into four blocks.
Learning about organized crime in Amsterdam is special in itself, as several of our topics have particular local relevance: mafia activity, the production and trafficking of ecstasy, money laundering and tax evasion. The course excursions allow you to observe and discuss these issues outside the classroom.
1. Visit to Amsterdam city centre, looking at how activities considered illegal elsewhere are tolerated and regulated here and at how criminal organizations operate in this context.
2. “Amazing race” challenge in Amsterdam, covering locations related to alleged money laundering, tax evasion, human trafficking and so on.
3. Visit to the Port of Amsterdam to see how criminal organizations use ports and exploit their vulnerabilities.
At the end of this course, you:
Juan Mendoza's academic background is in economics and social psychology. His main interest is in why firms and individuals follow or break the law. His work experience includes economic planning (central government), journalism (business magazine), and research. Part of his current research involves collaboration projects with the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets. He also coordinates the corporate governance course of the International Business Administration program.
"Organized crime refers to undesirable, yet fascinating behavior. Because criminal and non-criminal organizations are similar in many ways, it is possible to use the same tools to analyze them. This course is ideal for those who want to understand why criminal organizations are created, maintained, and dissolved. As we advance, we will also look at what Amsterdam has to say about organized crime – at the street and corporate levels."