This course is a survey of the origins and development of organized crime in the United States. It examines the structure and activities of organized criminal enterprises, considers different models that have been employed to describe organized crime groups, and explores theories that have been advanced to explain the phenomenon. Major investigations of organized crime and legal strategies that have been developed to combat it are also considered.
Compare and contrast the political, ideological, and religious origins of organized crime groups.
Explain the relationship between early ethnic or racially organized crime and contemporary youth gangs.
Analyze the scope of domestic organized crime groups and identify their interrelationships.
Explain the political, social, and financial motivations of terrorist groups.
Identify the prominent terrorist organizations worldwide.
Analyze the relationship between organized crime and terrorist activity.
The Evolution of Organized Crime and the Drug Business
Explain the role of corrupt political machines in fostering organized crime.
Identify changes in the various business interests of organized crime over the last 150 years.
Analyze the relationship between organized crime, prohibition, and early drug syndicates.
Describe the history, structure, and multi-national operating methods of the drug business.
Explain the evolution of organized crime.
Analyze the social disorganization in mid-19th-century American history that created the climate for certain types of organized crime.
Organized Crime's Political and Corporate Alliances
Hypothesize possible future trends in organized crime at national and international levels.
Assess the effectiveness of organized crime prosecutions.
Critique major federal laws and strategies that have been developed to combat organized crime.
Describe the legal limitations of law enforcement and intelligence agencies in dealing with organized crime.
Explain the relationship of organized crime to politics, business, and the law.
Theories of Organized Criminal Behavior
Explain the perspective of organized crime as a social institution.
Evaluate empirical and speculative theories that have been used to explain organized criminal behavior.
Understanding Organized Crime
Describe the attributes of organized crime and its common behavior categories.
Compare the various models that explain the structure of organized crime groups.
Define organized crime.
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