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Possible class structure


This section contains recommendations for a teaching sequence and timing intended to achieve learning outcomes through a three-hour class. The lecturer may wish to disregard or shorten some of the segments below in order to give more time to other elements, including introduction, icebreakers, conclusion or short breaks. The structure could also be adapted for shorter or longer classes, given that the class durations vary across countries. 

  • Pre-class activity (time varies): Assign students to read one of UNODC annual World Drug Reports. In addition to the World Drug Report, students may be assigned to read the latest UNODC Global Report on Trafficking in Persons.
  • (In-class) Ice-breaker (10-15 minutes): Building on the pre-class assignments, the instructor asks students questions about the World Drug Report. Students may discuss the limitations of measuring drug trafficking. They can also be offered to compare the measurement methodology used in the World Drug Report and the Global Report on Trafficking in Persons. Additionally, the instructor encourages students to suggest alternative methodology to the one used in the reports.
  • Give a brief lecture about conceptualizing and measuring organized crime as well as risk assessment (30-40 minutes).
  • Use some discussion questions (provided in the Module) to generate a debate about the existing measuring approaches and risk assessment techniques (20-25 minutes).
  • Break (10 minutes)
  • Administer and evaluate Quiz 5 (45 minutes): Give students 15 minutes to take Quiz 5 (10 questions; sample questions are provided in assessment section of this Module). Students can work in pairs to grade the quiz. They exchange quizzes and grade each other's results. Instructor asks individual students to read questions and discuss possible answers. This activity is expected to help students analyse the mistakes and learn from interaction with each other.
  • Assign one of the research and independent study assignments as part of homework for the next class.