Criminal Justice-coas | Urban Crime Patterns
P417 | 9758 | Leon Pettiway


INTRODUCTION

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an
overview of the research devoted to crime in urban areas. The course
center on the arrangement and structure of urban places, the impact of
social, economic and demographic characteristics on crime production,
consequences of urban growth and decline on crime rates, the impact of
urban spatial structure and the effect of spatial structure on crime
and criminals, the prevention of crime through environmental design,
and the importance of situational crime prevention strategies.  Some
issues that will be covered in this course include:

1.  The role that segregation of the population (along income, age,
and race lines) plays in affecting the behavior of criminals and
non-criminals in space.

2.  The significance of differentials in racial composition, age, sex,
and income on the incidence of crime in urban areas.

3.  The distribution and the selection of targets of opportunity by
offenders in urban areas and factors that influence the mobility of
offenders in space.

4.  Environmental design and its influence on the incidence of crime
in urban areas.

5.  The impact of various spatial arrangements on our cognition of
space.