Criminal Justice-COAS | Urban Crime Patterns
P417 | 2939 | 0001 Pettiway
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
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
Class meeting: MW, 11:15 - 12:30
Instructor: Professor Leon Pettiway, criminal justice department