cja325 | undergraduate

Criminal Organizations

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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.

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Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5

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    The Evolution of Organized Crime and the Drug and Human Trafficking Organizations

    • Analyze the involvement of transnational organized criminal groups in cyber-crime.
    • Summarize how the history of drugs, drug trafficking, and nativism and hostility toward minorities influenced drug laws.
    • Explain the evolution of organized crime.
    • Summarize the two broad categories of human trafficking.

    Federal Laws, Statutes, Strategies, and Prosecution of Organized Crime

    • Critique major federal statutes used against organized crime.
    • Analyze the legal limitations of law enforcement and intelligence agencies in dealing with organized crime.
    • Explain the role of federal agencies in organized crime law enforcement.
    • Investigate and assess major investigations of organized crime.
    • Assess the effectiveness of organized crime prosecutions, including legal strategies.

    Organized Crime: Groups, Structural Models, and Characteristics

    • Define organized crime.
    • Compare the various models that explain the structure of organized crime groups.
    • Describe the characteristics of organized crime and its common behavior categories.
    • Analyze the similarities and differences between organized crime and terrorism.

    Theories and Historical Explanations for Organized Criminal Behavior

    • Explain the difference between an empirical and speculative theory.
    • Analyze various empirical and speculative theories used to explain organized criminal behavior.
    • Analyze the development and growth of major criminal organizations in the United States including the American Mafia, Mexican Mafia (La Eme), MS-13 (Mara Salvatrucha), and the Gangster Disciples.
    • Analyze the impact of Prohibition on the proliferation of organized crime in the United States.

    A Comparative Perspective on Organized Crime

    • Analyze the scope of domestic organized crime groups and their interrelationships.
    • Analyze the connection between organized crime and terrorist activity.
    • Identify the prominent terrorist organizations worldwide and their political, social, and financial motivations.
    • Discuss the role of cyber-terrorism both domestically and internationally.
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