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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 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 class durations vary across countries.

The class structure suggested in this section focuses on organized crime prevention approaches. Depending on the amount of time available, the lecturer might wish to include a focus on crime prevention typologies, for which a possible class structure is recommended in Module 2 of the Teaching Module Series on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.

  • Icebreaker (15-20 minutes): Use one of the case studies proposed in this Module to start the class. Alternatively, playthe video “Stop Wildlife Crime: The Series - Rhinos (Video 4)” prepared by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and discuss the following questions with your students:

o   What actions should be taken to promote the conservation of endangered species?

o Can awareness-raising campaigns be effective in bringing about a meaningful change in the preservation of wildlife?

o   What can an average person do against the global decline in endangered species?

  • Give a brief lecture on organized crime prevention based on the Module narrative and recommended reading:

-   Use exercise 1 to introduce and discuss the three main ‘non-traditional’ approaches to organized crime prevention (30 minutes);
-   Use exercise 2 to introduce and discuss intervention typologies beyond the ‘non-traditional’ approaches (15 minutes). 
  • Use some discussion questions (provided in the Module) to generate a debate about the topics covered in the lecture (20-25 minutes).

  • Break (15 minutes)

  • Administer and evaluate Quiz 12 (ca. 45 minutes): Give students 15 minutes to take the quiz (sample questions are provided in the assessment section of the Module). Students can work in pairs to grade the quiz. Ask them to exchange quizzes and grade each other’s results. Request individual students to read questions and discuss possible answers. This activity is expected to help students analyse their mistakes and learn from each other.

  • Should you have any time left, use one or more of the proposed review and assessment questions to test students’ understanding of the topic discussed.

  • Assign one of the research and independent study assignments as part of homework for the next class.