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CMRJ526 - Drug Cartels and the Narcotics Threat

Course Details

Course Code: CMRJ526 Course ID: 3226 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course covers the development of the drug cartels and their organization, production, and distribution networks. This course will focus on the regions known as the Golden Triangle and Golden Crescent, and the drugs that are typically manufactured and transported from these areas. This course also provides an overview of U.S. counter-drug efforts and basic information on illicit drugs. Additionally this course provides an historical overview of drug trafficking including a focus on the opium wars in China.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO1: Trace the origin and history of opium throughout history

CO2: Examine the impact of the First Opium War and the role that England, France, and the United States played in the proliferation of opium in the Far East

CO3: Examine how world events led to the proliferation of opium around the globe

CO4: Trace the origin, history, and cultivation of the Coca Leaf

CO5: Examine how and why the Coca Leaf developed from a cultural product to an illicit drug

CO6: Examine and trace how the United States and other nations began the fight against organized crime, cartels, and narcotics’ kingpins

CO7: Examine the fight against violence and terror on the Southwest Border of the United States as a result of cartels and narcotics’ kingpins

CO8: Examine U.S. Drug Policy

CO9: Examine and understand how opium and the coca leaf became global commodities

CO10: Examine how geography and topography played significant roles in the proliferation of opium and the coca leaf on several continents

CO11: Examine and understand how narcotics has influenced the economy of the Far East, Middle East, South America, Central America, and North America


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 %
Introduction to the Class 1.00 %
Introduction to the class 1.00 %
Forum Assignment 39.00 %
Forum Post #1 6.50 %
Forum Post #2 6.50 %
Forum Post #3 6.50 %
Forum Post #5 6.50 %
Forum Post #6 6.50 %
Forum Post #7 6.50 %
Wk 8 Research Paper 30.00 %
Final Project (Due Sat of Wk 8) 30.00 %
Exams 30.00 %
Mid-term Exam 30.00 %

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.