Criminal Justice-COAS | Crime Mapping
P493 | 1557 | Verma


	This course is based upon a lecture-lab format where
instructions in theory will be followed by practical experience of
learning about crime mapping and its analytical techniques. The
course will teach about criminal behavior and victimization from the
theoretical perspectives of Environmental Criminology, Routine
Activities Approach and movement patterns in everyday life. The
course will present the literature pertaining to the research of
Cohen, Felson, Clarke, Brantinghams, Rengert, Harries, LeBeau,
Langworthy and many other pioneers of this field. The theory will be
firmly grounded within the discourse of Crime Prevention on the
basis of Rational Choice perspective.
	
	The laboratory portion will focus upon the development of
skills in preparing crime maps, displaying related social, economic,
political, demographic and physical features and analyzing patterns
in crime. Students will learn about the structure of different data
sets such as crime data from police departments, Census data and
important physical locations, buildings, malls and schools from
municipal and other agencies. They will learn about Geo-coding and
bringing all such data within an inter-related Geographical
Information System. Thereafter, they will be taught to apply the
theoretical perspectives in analyzing such Geo-coded data to
understand how crime is affected by land use patterns, residential
layouts, street networks, transportation systems and different
regular activities of a place. They will be taught ways to determine
the hot spots of different crime types and ways of analyzing crime
patterns using the concepts of geographical profiling.

Texts:
1. Harries, Keith 2000 Mapping, CMRC: Washington DC
2. Course Reader

Evaluation
	Projects			50%
	Final Exam [Theory]		30%
	Final Paper			20%

Class Meeting:  W, 2:30-5:00, SB 221

Instructor:  Professor Arvind Verma, criminal justice department