May 25, 2024  
2023-2024 College Catalog and Student Handbook 
2023-2024 College Catalog and Student Handbook
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CRMJ 2032 - Gangs Cults and Terrorism

Academic Division:

Liberal Arts

Academic Discipline:

Criminal Justice

Assistant Dean: Steve Haynes PhD
3 Credit(s)
This course is designed to familiarize the student with the structure, organization, and psychology of gangs. Investigation techniques concerning gang recognition by tattoos, graffiti, and symbols will be included for street, prison and motorcycle gangs. This course will also familiarize the student of the various cult organizations. This course will also examine the structure, and current trends of domestic and international terrorist organizations. Semesters Available: Day - F, SP Eve - F, Sp UG
3 Lecture Hour(s);
College Wide Outcomes
College-Wide Learning Outcomes Assessments - - How it is met & When it is met
Communication – Written  
Communication – Speech  
Intercultural Knowledge and Competence  
Critical Thinking  
Information Literacy  
Quantitative Literacy  


Student Learning Outcomes for Course
Outcomes Assessments – How it is met & When it is met
1. Analyze the theories of gang development. Exercises- Weeks 4,5, Exam- Weeks 9,10

2. Explain gang member typologies and member characteristics.

Exercises-Weeks 4,5, Video Review- Weeks 7,8, Exam- Weeks 9,10, Research -Report Weeks 12,13
3. Assess the levels and methods of gang membership. Exercises- Weeks 4,5, Exam- Weeks 9,10, Research Report -Weeks 12,13

4. Differentiate gangs by tattoos, dress, graffiti, and sign language.

Worksheets- Weekly from Week 3 through 8, Video Review Weeks 4,5, Exam- Weeks 9,10, Research Report –Weeks 12,13
5. Appraise the scope of criminal gang activity Research Assignment- Weeks 8,9, Research Report Weeks 12,13, , Exam Weeks 14,15

6. Differentiate between cults, doomsday cults and non-traditional religious groups.

Research Assignment, Worksheets- Weeks 11,12, Video Review -Week 11,12, Exam- Weeks 15,16
7. Analyze the concept of terrorism Case Studies, Worksheets- Weeks 14,15 Exam –Weeks 15,16

8. Analyze domestic and international terrorist organizations

Case Studies, Worksheets- Weeks 14,15 Exam -Week 15,16

9. Analyze the current trends relating to domestic and international terrorism.

Case Studies- Weeks 14,15 Exam –Weeks 15,16


Standard Grading Scale
93-100      A

90 - 92      A-

87- 89       B+

83 - 86      B

80 -82       B-

77- 79       C+

73 - 76      C

70 -72       C-

67- 69       D+

63 - 66      D

60 -62       D-

00- 59       F

Statement on Diversity
North Central State College believes that every student is a valued and equal member of the community.*  Every student brings different experiences to the College, and all are important in enriching academic life and developing greater understanding and appreciation of one another. Therefore, NC State College creates an inclusive culture in which students feel comfortable sharing their experiences. Discrimination and prejudice have no place on the campus, and the College takes any complaint in this regard seriously. Students encountering aspects of the instruction that result in barriers to their sense of being included and respected should contact the instructor, assistant dean, or dean without fear of reprisal. 

*Inclusive of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin (ancestry), military status (past, present or future), disability, age (40 years or older), status as a parent during pregnancy and immediately after the birth of a child, status as a parent of a young child, status as a foster parent, genetic information, or sexual orientation, 

Standard NCSC Course Policies
Important information regarding College Procedures and Policies can be found on the syllabus supplement located at this link



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