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Course Details

Course Code: CMRJ524 Course ID: 2590 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course examines the historical roots of organized crime and its current role within the American criminal justice system. Structural models are compared for understanding emerging groups. Special attention is paid to dependencies and cooperation among ethnic groups as well. Additionally, there will be a review of the activities associated with organized strategic aspects (i.e. profit-oriented ventures such as extortion, credit card fraud, counterfeiting, prostitution, drug trafficking, smuggling) and tactical issues (i.e. activities that support the criminal organization such as money laundering, violence, corruption, and recruitment).

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 successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO1: Examine individual attributes of organized crime

CO2: Assess Transnational Organized Crime’s ability to continue flourishing through the application of criminological theory;

CO3: Interpret the historical and socio-political patterns of organized crime in the United States;

CO4: Deconstruct how terrorism differs from organized crime

CO5: Analyze the varieties and characteristics of transnational organized crime;

CO6: Compare and contrast the origins, characteristics, and national makeup of Asian Crime and Russian organized crime groups

CO7: Evaluate the major organized crime statutes, such as the Harrison Act, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), and Prohibition; and their role in fighting 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 40.00 %
Week 1 Forum 6.67 %
Week 2 Forum 6.67 %
Week 3 Forum 6.67 %
Week 4 Forum 6.67 %
Week 6 Forum 6.67 %
Week 7 Forum 6.67 %
Exam 30.00 %
Week 5 Midterm 30.00 %
Research Papers 29.00 %
Week 8 Research Paper 29.00 %

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.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.