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Administrative Unit: Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number: CJAD 421
Course Title: Organized Crime
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Overview of organized crime. Emphasis is placed on the theories and evolution of organized crime, the principal forms of organized criminal activity, and efforts to investigate, control and prosecute. Prerequisites: CJAD 101 and ENGL 112 taken previously or concurrently.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

CJAD 101 and ENGL 112 taken previously or concurrently.

Course Rotation for Day Program: Occasional Offering.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Organized Crime
By Lyman, M. D., & Potter, G. W. (Prentice Hall)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Differentiate different types of organized criminal activity.
  2. Articulate the influence of historical, political and social conditions on the development of organized crime.
  3. Describe the role of various law enforcement agencies in the investigation and control of organized crime and the constitutional limitations upon investigating.
  4. Critique the theoretical framework for organized crime presented in the text and its implications for law enforcement practice.
  5. Assess the role of corporate and political connections in operations of organized crime groups.
  6. Critique current research literature on organized crime.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  1. Understanding organized crime
  2. Theories of organized criminal behavior
  3. The evolution of organized crime
  4. The businesses of organized crime
  5. The illicit drug trade
  6. Domestic organized crime groups
  7. Foreign-based organized crime groups
  8. Terrorism as organized crime
  9. Political and corporate alliances
  10. Measures to control organized crime

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Barry Langford Date: January 17, 2018
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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