Criminal Justice-coas | Community, Crime & Criminal Justice
P637 | 1547 | McGarrell
This course examines the ways in which communities both affect and are
affected by crime. The first section of the course examines variations
across communities in crime and theoretical explanations for that variation.
The remainder of the course focuses on attempts to address crime at the
community level. One section focuses on community policing. The next
focuses on community and restorative justice. Throughout the course case
studies of efforts to address crime, disorder, and fear at a community level
will be examined.
Course requirements include: 1) regular attendance, 2) participation in
class discussions, 3) leading the discussion in one seminar, 4) a final
research project, and 5) presentation of the final project.
Research Project: The final product of the course will be a paper taking
one of two forms. One option is to develop a formal research proposal on a
topic related to the issues covered in this class. This will be in the form
of either a dissertation or grant proposal. The second option is to develop
a paper presenting a research question(s), analysis, and conclusions. The
format will be consistent with a journal article and will require either
original data collection and analysis or secondary analysis.
Readings: Bursik, R. and H. Grasmick. 1993. Neighborhoods and Crime.
New York: Lexington.
Eck, J. and D. Weisburd. 1995. Crime and Place. Monsey, NY: Criminal
Karp, D. 1998. Community Justice. Lanham, MD: Rowan and Littlefield.
Kelling, G. and C. Coles. 1996. Fixing Broken Windows. New York:
Rengert, G. 1996. The Geography of Illegal Drugs. Boulder, CO:
Skogan, W. and S. Hartnett. 1997. Community Policing: Chicago Style.
Oxford University Press.
There will also be a supplemental reader.
Class meeting: M 5:45-8:15P SY 200
Instructor: Professor Ed McGarrell, Criminal Justice Department