Criminal Justice-COAS | The Nature of Violence
P493 | 24739 | Pridemore


This course is a survey of the theoretical and empirical literature
on homicide and other forms of violence. We begin with issues of
measurement and methodology (e.g., what is unique about the
scientific study of violence? where can we find information about
violence? how do we measure violence? how do we measure the
relationship between violence and its causes?). We then examine the
major demographic, temporal, and spatial patterns of violence in the
United States and around the world (e.g., what demographic groups
experience higher/lower rates of violence? how have rates changed
over time? where are rates of violence higher/lower?). We will then
spend the remainder of the semester discussing several explanations
of violence (e.g., is weather related to violence? alcohol?
poverty/unemployment/inequality? the media? guns? child abuse? (sub)
culture? criminal sanctions?).

Class meeting:  Tuesday and Thursday 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Instructor:  Professor William Alex Pridemore, criminal justice
department