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Course Details

Course Details

Course Code: CMRJ324 Course ID: 2551 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course will provide an examination of the evolution of organized crime in the United States, with a focus on the social and legal factors that contributed to its development and the groups involved. Additionally this class will explore how organized crime is structured and how it can be exposed and controlled. Theoretical explanations of organized crime are also covered.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

CO1: Discuss the historical use of money laundering and racketeering by

organized crime

CO2: Compare and contrast transnational organized crime groups such as the Yakuza and Russian Mafia

CO3: Describe why organized crime has flourished, via the use of criminological theory

CO4: Summarize the importance of the Prohibition Era on organized crime

CO5: Analyze major statutes and legislation aimed at combatting organized crime

CO6: Extrapolate past and current efforts of the U.S. (via the War on Drugs) with current and future illegal drug trends (e.g., usage, availability, etc.)

CO7: Analyze the assertion that U.S. politicians are frequently in league with organized crime


Instructions and grading expectations for all forums will appear in the Forums section of the course site.


Instructions and grading expectations for all assignments will appear in the Assignments section of the course site.


Instructions and grading expectations for all exams will appear in the Tests & Quizzes section of the course site.

NameGrade %
Intro 1.00 %
Intro 1.00 %
Discussion Forums 49.00 %
Wk 1 Forum 6.13 %
Wk 2 Forum 6.13 %
Wk 3 Forum 6.13 %
Wk 4 Forum 6.13 %
Wk 5 Forum 6.13 %
Wk 6 Forum 6.13 %
Wk 7 Forum 6.13 %
Wk 8 Forum 6.13 %
Research Papers 25.00 %
Wk 6 Research Paper 25.00 %
Exams 25.00 %
Final Exam 25.00 %

Weekly lessons and assigned readings are available in the course site.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.