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Effective: Late Fall 8-Week, 2017/2018

CJAD 421: Organized Crime

Course Description

Provides the student with a realistic concept and understanding of the problem of organized criminal activity in the United States. Focuses on theories and the evolution of traditional organized crime in America as well as examining the many new and emerging organized crime groups attempting to acquire a stronghold on domestic criminal enterprises.

Prerequisite: CJAD 101 and junior standing

Proctored Exams: None



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Lyman, M. D., & Potter, G. W. (2015). Organized Crime (6th ed.). Prentice Hall, Inc.
    • [ISBN-978-0-13-357173-8]

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.


Course Overview

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a general understanding of organized crime. The material is presented from a legal, historical, theoretical, and practical perspective so that the student will develop an understanding of the aspects of organized crime activity. The material covered will include presentations by the instructor, assigned readings and research, case studies, investigative exercises, problem solving scenarios and classroom discussion. The student should demonstrate a working knowledge and understanding of the objectives by scoring an average of 70% on written examinations and classroom assignments, and demonstrating the ability to discuss and apply theoretical concepts in a practical manner.



Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.


Course Objectives

  • To understand organized criminal activity in the United States and abroad.
  • To understand traditional and non-traditional organized crime groups.
  • To gain experience with common legal framework involved in the investigation of organized crime and related offenses.
  • To understand terminology used by governments, theorists and professionals in the field of organized crime.
  • To understand the competing goals in identifying and investigating organized crime groups and those involved with them.
  • To demonstrate critical thinking, research and writing skills in organized crime issues.
  • To delve into contemporary research in the area of organized crime.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

  • Define organized crime as a concept.
  • Explain the theoretical framework of organized crime.
  • Describe the history of organized crime.
  • Describe the concept of labor racketeering.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of current political and social problems and issues as they relate to the existence of organized crime.
  • Describe the hierarchy of traditional organized crime.
  • Describe the role of crime commissions that have addressed organized crime.
  • Describe the constitutional limitations upon investigating organized criminal activity.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of vice crime, victimless crimes and organized crime.
  • Appraise current literature, materials, and developments regarding organized crime.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 900-1000 90-100%
B 800-899 80-89%
C 700-799 70-79%
D 600-699 60-69%
F 0-599 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions 240 24%
Online Activity 20 2%
Dropbox Assignments 160 16%
Tests 280 28%
Term Paper 300 30%
Total 1000 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Online Activity/Paper 20 Saturday
Discussion 1 30
Dropbox Assignment 1 10
Dropbox Assignment 2 10
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 2 30 Saturday
Dropbox Assignment 3 10
Dropbox Assignment 4 10
Test 1 (Chapters 1 & 2) 40
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 30 Saturday
Dropbox Assignment 5 10
Dropbox Assignment 6 10
Test 2 (Chapters 3 & 4) 40
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4 30 Saturday
Dropbox Assignment 7 10
Dropbox Assignment 8 10
Test 3 (Chapters 5 & 6) 40
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 30 Saturday
Dropbox Assignment 9 10
Dropbox Assignment 10 10
Test 4 (Chapters 7 & 8) 40
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Term Paper Assignment Work -- Monday
Discussion 6 30 Saturday
Dropbox Assignment 11 10
Dropbox Assignment 12 10
Test 5 (Chapter 9) 40
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Term Paper Assignment Work -- Monday
Discussion 7 30 Saturday
Dropbox Assignment 13 10
Dropbox Assignment 14 10
Test 6 (Chapter 10) 40
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Term Paper Due 300 Thursday
Discussion 8 30 Saturday
Dropbox Assignment 15 10
Dropbox Assignment 16 10
Test 7 (Chapter 11) 40
Total Points 1000

Assignment Overview

Reading Assignments

Complete weekly reading assignments before participating in Discussions or Dropbox assignments so you can apply what you have learned from the text readings.


Discussions

All students will participate in discussions. Conventions of "on-line etiquette," which include courtesy to all users, will be observed. Complete weekly Discussion questions in D2L by answering the question in at least 100 words, reading all other students' posts and then responding to many other students’ posts with meaningful responses by the assigned dates. You must read all posts and respond thoughtfully, in such a way as to further the discussion, to many others’ posts for full credit.


Dropbox Assignments

Dropbox paper assignments should be prepared with a current version of Word and uploaded into the appropriate Dropbox folder. There will two Dropbox Assignments each week. Each of the two questions must be answered in one to two double spaced pages plus quoted footnotes/endnotes and references.


Tests

Weekly chapter tests must be completed in the Quizzes area of D2L. Weekly tests will include 10-20 multiple choice questions, and they are designed as open-book exams. Don’t be fooled, though, you will have to study and read the text to be able to finish in time. Tests must be completed within the time allotted and submitted by the due date each week.


Term Paper

By the beginning of Week 6, start researching an organized crime group, an organized crime figure, or an organized crime control effort. Write a 6-10 page essay highlighting your research into the organized crime issue you have selected. The essay must be in APA or MLA style format, with all sources documented, and double spaced. You must cite at least three references.

There are websites and library resources available on OC topics to assist you in your research for this assignment. The final document should be prepared and submitted to the Dropbox in .doc or .docx format. Make sure your full name appears on all pages.


Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Week 1: Getting Acquainted, Getting Started
Readings
  • Begin the assigned readings for the first weeks of class
  • Browse the Content and Index sections of the textbook to get familiar with it
  • Review introductions and become familiar with our Online course    
Online Activity/Paper

Tour the college’s Web site - www.ccis.edu. Browse the Columbia College Distance Education web page and links.  Log into your course – Organized Crime. Become comfortable with the several different components of the course software. Finally, visit the National Criminal Justice Referral Service at http://www.ncjrs.gov/. In a one half to one page double spaced paper, describe how use of the National Criminal Justice Referral Service may be helpful to you throughout this class.  Upload the Online Activity paper to the “Online Activity Dropbox.”

Discussion 1

Introduce yourself in the Discussions area for review by fellow students and tell each other why you are taking this course. Have an introductory discussion!

Dropbox Assignment 1

Introduce yourself in a Dropbox paper to the instructor. Please provide significant detail including profession, hobbies, interest in criminal justice, and any other information that can help me get to know you and what your objective in taking this course is. This should be a detailed introduction.

Dropbox Assignment 2

Answer the question: "What is Organized Crime and what are ways law enforcement agencies have responded to organized crime?" Explain the theme of the book and in your own words, why this is important to our understanding of the Organized Crime. (Provide specific support through online research, such as sites you discover).

Week 2: Understanding Organized Crime and Theories of Organized Criminal Behavior
Readings
  • Read Chapters 1 & 2, review the “terms” listed at the end of each chapter, and review the “Points of Discussion” at the end of each chapter.
  • Visit the following website: http://www.fbi.gov/hq/cid/orgcrime/ocshome.htm        
Discussion 2

Explain and discuss the organizational structure and hierarchy of an organized crime group and describe why a person might be attracted to involvement in OC.

Dropbox Assignment 3

What are the basic requirements for membership in an organized crime group and what are the key advantages and disadvantages to being a member?

Dropbox Assignment 4

When looking at organized crime activities, which theory of criminality seems most appropriate to you and why? 

Test 1 (Chapters 1 & 2)

Complete the multiple choice test, Test 1, over Ch. 1-2 in the Quizzes area.

Week 3: The Evolution of Organized Crime
Readings
Discussion 3

How and why did the “political machine” contribute to the rise and growth of organized crime?

Dropbox Assignment 5

Explain any connection between Prohibition and the rise of organized crime.

Dropbox Assignment 6

Describe the social philosophy of many of the immigrant groups who migrated to the US at the turn of the century and how that philosophy may have contributed (and continue to contribute) to the rise of organized crime.

Test 2 (Chapters 3 & 4)

Complete the multiple choice test, Test 2, over Ch. 3-4 in the Quizzes area.

Week 4: The Business of Organized Crime
Readings
  • Read Chapters 5 & 6, review the “terms” listed at the end of each chapter, and review the “Points of Discussion” at the end of each chapter.
  • Read the article at the following website: http://www.ncjrs.org/nathanson/organized.html           
Discussion 4

Discuss why it is important for organized crime groups to become involved in legitimate businesses and describe the concept of labor racketeering.

Dropbox Assignment 7

What are the variety of ways in which organized crime has been involved in and profits from pornography and prostitution? What is vice crime, and what “victimless crimes” are committed by organized crime.

Dropbox Assignment 8

What are Moore and Kleiman’s six drug control strategies? Discuss the importance of employing all six in efforts to deal with the drug problem.

Test 3 (Chapters 5 & 6)

Complete the multiple choice test, Test 3, over Ch. 5-6 in the Quizzes area.

Week 5: Domestic organized Crime and a Comparative Perspective of Organized Crime Around the World
Readings
Discussion 5

Discuss the unique characteristics of domestic organized crime in the United States.

Dropbox Assignment 9

How is the rise of black organized crime similar to the development of outlaw motorcycle gangs?

Dropbox Assignment 10

Does Colombian organized crime pose a greater threat to the United States than traditional organized crime groups have? Why or why not?

Test 4 (Chapters 7 & 8)

Complete the multiple choice test, Test 4, over Ch. 7-8 in the Quizzes area.

Week 6: Terrorism as Organized Crime
Readings
  • Read Chapter 9, review the “terms” listed at the end of each chapter, and review the “Points of Discussion” at the end of each chapter.
Term Paper Assignment Work

By the beginning of Week 6, start researching an organized crime group, an organized crime figure, or an organized crime control effort. Write a 6 – 10 page APA format paper highlighting your research into the organized crime issue you selected. References are required; you must cite at least three.

Note: There are websites and library resources available on OC topics to assist you in your research for this assignment. This paper should be 6 -10 pages in length, typed and double-spaced. This document should be prepared using a current version of Word and uploaded to the appropriate Dropbox folder. Make sure your full name appears on all pages.

Discussion 6

Discuss how the term terrorism should be defined and why.

Dropbox Assignment 11

In what ways are Middle Eastern terrorist organizations similar to and different from domestic terrorist groups?

Dropbox Assignment 12

What efforts has the US taken in an attempt to control terrorism?

Test 5 (Chapter 9)

Complete the multiple choice test, Test 5, over Ch. 9 in the Quizzes area.

Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Week 7: Organized Crimes Political and Corporate Alliances
Readings
  • Read Chapter 10, review the “terms” listed at the end of each chapter, and review the “Points of Discussion” at the end of each chapter.
  • View PowerPoint slides in the Content section of D2L.
Term Paper Assignment Work

In Week 7, continue researching an organized crime group, an organized crime figure, or an organized crime control effort, and continue writing your 6 – 10 page APA format paper highlighting your research into the organized crime issue you selected. References are required; you must cite at least three.

Discussion 7

Discuss how politicians can benefit from a relationship or partnership with organized crime.

Dropbox Assignment 13

How does OC work with legitimate businesses?

Dropbox Assignment 14

Discuss OC connections with Kennedy, Nixon and Reagan.

Test 6 (Chapter 10)

Complete the multiple choice test, Test 6, over Ch. 10 in the Quizzes area.

Week 8: Controlling Organized Crime
Readings
  • Read Chapter 11, review the “terms” listed at the end of each chapter, and review the “Points of Discussion” at the end of each chapter.
  • Read the article posted at the following website: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/international/programs/ukr_pred_text.html 
  • Also read about RICO at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/eousa/foia_reading_room/usam/title9/110mcrm.htm
Term Paper Due

Submit to the Dropbox your 6 – 10 page APA format paper highlighting your research into the organized crime issue you selected. Due Thursday by midnight.

Discussion 8

Why does organized crime still exist and what are the constitutional limitations to investigation OC?

Dropbox Assignment 15

What are the roles of various law enforcement agencies in fighting organized crime and the role of crime commissions that have addressed organized crime?

Dropbox Assignment 16

What are the challenges with undercover investigations in OC and the use of informants to prosecute organized crime figures?

Test 7 (Chapter 11)

Complete the multiple choice test, Test 7, over Ch. 11 in the Quizzes area.



Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted.

All other late assignments receive zero (0) credit.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.


Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.


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