Criminal Justice-coas | Urban Crime Patterns
P417 | 1489 | Pettiway


The purpose of this course is to provide students with an overview of crime
in urban areas by integrating the disciplinary perspectives of sociology and
urban geography.  The course centers on the arrangement and structure of
urban places and the social, economic and demographic characteristics of
human populations.  As such the course emphasized the consequences of urban
growth and decline on crime rates, descriptive models of urban spatial
structure, the effect of spatial structure on urban crime patterns as well
as the effect of spatial structure on the actions of criminals, social
ecology and urban crime patterns, and the prevention of crime through
environmental design.
Readings: To be announced
Requirements:  Your grade in this course will be based on your performance
on a mid-term examination and a research paper.  The research paper will be
twelve (12) to fifteen (15) typed pages in length (not including explanatory
footnotes and bibliography) and will be due two weeks before the end of the
semester.  Further elaboration will be given during the semester concerning
its preparation.  Late papers will not be accepted.  Students will be
required to read all assigned reading materials which have been selected to
augment lectures.
Class Meeting:      Two 75-minute seminars each week
(MW, 4:00-5:15P, SY 0013)
Course Will Satisfy:     CJUS major 400-level requirement
Instructor:    Professor Leon Pettiway, Criminal Justice Department