CIA440 - Organized Crime in Canada

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Subject Title
Organized Crime in Canada

Subject Description
This course examines the many forms of organized crime in Canada (mafia, outlaw motorcycle gangs, Asian triads, etc.) to offer students a solid understanding of the various crime groups, their organizations, history, and activity; and how they present a current threat to Canadian society.  A review of current theories, methods of detection and best practices will be presented to illustrate the challenges of conducting investigations and intelligence collection activities to counter organized crime. Students will examine the use of major case management when investigating organized crime and the issues of disclosure and Charter rights.  The phenomenon of transnational organized crime will be explored with a focus on its threat to national security and linkages to terrorism.  By the end of this course, students will develop a comprehensive understanding of organized crime through a study of relevant literature and a practical understanding of methods and techniques used for detecting and conducting investigations to counter organized crime.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:


1.       Evaluate the main theoretical approaches to the study of organized crime in Canada.

2.       Assess organized crime groups in Canada, their activities and their effect on Canadian society.

3.       Analyze counter organized and transnational organized crime policies, laws and methods in Canada and internationally.

4.        Evaluate current “indicators and warnings” methods for identifying organized and transnational organized crime activity.

5.        Assess the current trends in organized and transnational organized crime that illustrates the historical development of terrorism in Canada.

6.       Examine the nexus between organized crime and terrorism and the efforts to detect and combat this activity.


7.       Explain the challenges with intelligence collection, major case management, disclosure and Charter issues when conducting investigations into organized crime activity.

8.       Compose an intelligence report styled research paper on subject-specific elements of organized and transnational organized crime.     

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