CJA 384  (Version 2 Criminal Organizations) Complete Class

WEEK 1

CJA 384 Week 1 IA Personal Perception of Organized Crime

Individual Assignment: Personal Perception of Organized Crime Paper

  • Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper describing your personal perception of organized crime upon entering this course. Identify any assumptions on which your personal perception is based and answer the following questions:
  • How would you describe or define organized crime?
  • How does your perception compare to the definitions presented in the readings?
  • What are the various characteristics you would consider to be associated with organized criminal behavior?

Properly cite your references or resources according to APA guidelines.

Discussion Questions

Describe what you think the type of person comes to mind when you read each of the subjects. (in Week 1 Lecture)  What is their gender, age, socioeconomic background,etc? Describe what you feel supports your opinion.

Describe, with examples from your own experience, how your opinions and ideas about organized crime have been influenced. Discuss what these influences are and how they have shaped your opinions. How are your experiences different than what you have found in the reading for this week?

What is a patron-client network or organization? What are the distinctions between bureaucratic and patron-client organizations? Why are they important for understanding organized crime?

What is an example of common behaviour among organized crime groups? How do these behaviours affect the attributes of organized crime? How have these traits helped organized crime survive in the United States? Explain your answer.

 

WEEK 2

 

CJA 384 Week 2 IA Controlling Organized Crime

  Individual Assignment: Models of Organized Crime Executive Summary

 

Write a 350- to 700-word executive summary in which you compare the distinctions between bureaucratic and patron-client organizations. Include similarities and differences between the two main models of organized crime and why the models are important for understanding organized crime.

 

Properly cite your references or resources according to APA guidelines. 

Discussion Questions

What are the various theories of Organized Crime? Which of the theories that you have read about in your text or in the lecture seem to be the best fit for describing Organized Crime? Why?

What is the definition of a social institution?

Why do some authorities consider organized crime a social institution? In what ways may you determine if this view is valid? Explain.

How does organizational theory help us understand organized crime?

                                                                                                       

WEEK 3

 

CJA 384 Week 3 IA Social Organized Crimes Perspective

Individual Assignment: Social Organized Crime Perspective Paper

 Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper in which you discuss and explain the term social institution as it applies to organized crime. Which empirical and speculative theories are most applicable to this perspective as it applies to organized crime and overall criminal behavior?

 Properly cite your references or resources according to APA guidelines.

Discussion Questions

What is social disorganization? How does social disorganization contribute to organized crime? What is an example of social disorganization that created opportunistic atmospheres for organized crime?

What is a political machine? How does corruption affect the role of politics and business, as it relates to organized crime? What is a specific instance in which corruption was evident?

What is an example of a drug syndicate? Which events led to the association of organized crime, Prohibition, and drug syndicates? What changes would you have made to prevent this? Explain your answer

What are the business interests of organized crime groups? How have these interests evolved over time? How would you compare the business interests of early organized crime groups to today’s organized crime groups?

 

WEEK 4

 

CJA 384 Week 4 LTA Organized Crime Group Analysis

Learning Team Assignment: Organized Crime Group Analysis

 Write a 1,450- to 2,100-word paper which includes an in-depth historical analysis of a

selected organized crime group.
Select an organized crime group in the United States, such as those in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, or Miami, from the readings and additional resources.

  • Determine the structure and operating methods (national and multinational) of the group pertaining to the drug business.
  • Analyze the relationship of your selected group to its past and its current role in prohibition, drug syndicates, political corruption, and any other illicit activities.
  • Include the selected group’s various business interests over time.
     

Properly cite your references or resources according to APA guidelines.

Discussion Questions

What are some examples of ethnically or racially organized crime? How do these differ from contemporary youth gangs? Compare and contrast the characteristic criteria for each group. Explain your findings.

What are the various terrorist organizations around the world? What is classified as a terrorist organization? What are the similarities among these organizations? Explain your answer.

What is an example of organized crime based upon religious origins? What organizational crime type is representative in your community? What opportunities perpetuate organized crime in that community?

What is the definition of terrorism? How would you differentiate between organized crime and terrorism? What is a specific instance in which organized crime and terrorism were viewed as the same or different?

What are the motivations of a terrorist group? How may we improve our responses to such organizations, which operate in the United States and internationally?

 

WEEK 5

 

CJA 384 Week 5 IA Controlling Organized Crime Paper

   Individual Assignment: Controlling Organized Crime Paper

 

Write a 1,050- to 1,750-word paper using the definitions, principles, and theories from previous weeks’ assignments in which you establish a thesis regarding the control of organized crime.

o   Identify the problems presented and the various relationships established by organized crime.

o   Describe the legal limitations associated with combating organized crime, including a critique of the major federal laws and strategies that support this effort.

o   Suggest a realistic solution to control organized crime by discussing and evaluating the effectiveness of organized crime prosecutions.

Properly cite your references or resources according to APA guidelines.

 

 

CJA 384 Week 5 LTA Comparison of Organized Crime and Terrorist Groups Presentation

Learning Team Assignment: Comparison of Organized Crime and Terrorist Groups Presentation

Create a 10- to 12-slide PowerPoint® presentation with speaker’s notes that compares a domestic organized criminal group and a terrorist group. Select one of each based on the assigned readings and additional resources and answer the following questions.

  • What are the differences and similarities of organized crime and terrorism?
  • What is the scope of each group and their interrelationships with similar groups?
  • Explain the differences and similarities between the fundamental make-up of the groups’ origins as they relate to ethnical backgrounds, political ideologies, social orientation, religion, and financial motivations.
  • Identify the past and current trends for each group and plot out suggested future trends or actions in which each group may potentially take part on a national and international level.

 Properly cite your references or resources according to APA guidelines.

Share your presentation with the class.

 

Discussion Questions

Where does the relationship of business, politics, or law and organized crime start? Why are these relationships successful? How may we better combat organized crime and its influences on business, politics, and law? Explain.

Which do you think would work better: more traditional police enforcement of organized crime or new approaches for regulating organized crime connections in society?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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