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