CRIJ115 Outlaw Gangs and Organized Crime

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Criminal Justice

I. Course Number and Title
CRIJ115 Outlaw Gangs and Organized Crime
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
2250
IV. Prerequisites
CRIJ100 or
Corequisites
CRIJ100
V. Other Pertinent Information
None
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course introduces students to the most current legal strategies and law enforcement tools for detecting and interdicting outlaw gangs and organized crime. The major areas of focus include a study of the origins of outlaw gangs and organized crime, and the impact of these outlaw organizations on American society.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. demonstrate an understanding of the impact of outlaw gangs and organized crime on American society over the decades;
    2. identify the means and techniques of detecting and combating outlaw gangs and organized crime in America; and
    3. demonstrate an understanding of the changing ethnic character of outlaw gangs and organized crime.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. the relationship of outlaw gangs and organized crime over the decades to the community social structure
    2. political influences over the decades in outlaw gangs and organized crime enforcement
    3. intelligence gathering, detection, and dissemination
    4. methods of outlaw gang and organized crime enforcement
    5. combating narcotics trafficking: the whys and wherefores
    6. combating white collar crime in business and finance
    7. non-traditional organized crime groups and its changing ethnic character
    8. the reality of La Costra Nostra
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    The assessment of course learning goals is based on participation in classroom discussions, written exams, assignments, papers, and or performance based tasks and projects.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date -11/98; Revised 4/2011; New Core 8/2015