Criminal Justice-coas | Youth Violence in U.S. History
P300 | 1169 | Vesely


A wave on "school shootings" by teenagers in 1998 shocked many Americans,
renewing concerns over youth crime.  Analysis of historical patterns can
help us to understand such phenomena.

This course examines youth violence through an historical perspective,
surveying both the public perceptions and the reality of violence by youth
throughout U. S.  History.  Topics to be covered include amounts, types and
circumstances of youth crime engendering primary public concern during
different historical periods; cultural, structural and demographic factors
which might be correlated with violence in general and youth violence in
particular during these periods (particularly economics, migration, gender,
family violence, media, gangs, drugs and weapons); the changing nature of
adolescence; and school violence.  Public concern as expressed in popular
culture will also be highlighted.

Intended to enhance students' critical thinking, appreciation for historical
relevance and understanding of criminological theory as we discuss and
elevate theories proposed at various times to explain youth crime ( and
consequences of policy), this course would be useful to students of Criminal
Justice, Sociology, History, Political Science and Education. 	

Required Readings:
	Howell, James C. "Juvenile Justice and Youth Violence"
		Courtwright, David T. "Violent Land: Single Men and Social
Disorder from the Frontier to the Inner City"
		Shaw, Clifford "Natural History of a Delinquent Career (on
reserve at I.U. Library)
	Reader"

Grade determined by:
	Midterm exam
	Final exam
	2 short (2-4 page) papers
	Attendance and participation

Instructor: Bonnie Vesely, Criminal Justice Department