Fall 2018 - CRIM 464 D100

Street Gang Patterns and Policies (3)

Class Number: 8030

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
    BLU 10901, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    CRIM 101.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Introduces the theoretical, empirical, and policy issues surrounding street gangs. The state of the current gang problem in Canada, the sociodemographics and motivations of individuals who join gangs the effect of gang membership on delinquency, the nature of violence and victimization, and the challenges of desistance will be discussed. Concludes with an overview of gang control strategies and the available policies.

COURSE DETAILS:

The course provides introductory material to Canadian gang issues, providing the background knowledge required to discuss gang control strategies and policies. Gangs are a multi-level issue. The course will thus cover both individual and group related levels. We will explore the state of the current gang problem in Canada, the challenges of gang research, the socio-demographics of individuals who join gangs, as well as the variety of motivations to join. We will examine the effect of gang membership on delinquency, and whether and how the level of organization of a gang influences the criminal activities of its members. We will also cover the violence and victimization aspect of gang life, and the challenges of desistance. Finally, we will present an overview of the different gang control strategies and policies available. 

Grading

  • Participation 15%
  • Short assignment 10%
  • Oral presentation 20%
  • Quizzes 20%
  • Term Paper 35%

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

1. Maxson, C., Egley Jr., A., Miller, J., and Klein, M. (Eds.). (2014). The Modern Gang Reader (4th ed.).New York: Oxford University Press.

2. Articles available online (via the Canvas page for the course)

Department Undergraduate Notes:


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Registrar Notes:

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