Criminology, Law and Society
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

CRIM 490: Special Topics

CRIM 490-003: Gang Crime and its Effects on the Local Community
(Spring 2017)

05:55 PM to 07:10 PM MW

Blue Ridge 129

Section Information for Spring 2017

This course is designed to provide the student with effective methods and tools for confronting and thwarting gang violence in our communities. We will study prioritizing criminal investigations of gang crime focused on disruption, and dismantlement through effective prosecution in court.

The course will include understanding the sociological phenomenon which leads to gang membership. The mores or rules gangs rely on to maintain their existence and their hold on a community.  The goals of criminal investigative responses that are most effective in reducing violence, and disrupting the illegal business enterprises used by gangs to fund and continue their illegal activities. Students will be introduced to some of most important research studies on the Sociology and Psychology of Urban Gangs in this country. Students will learn how to coordinate the use of crime scene examinations to provide the kind of forensic science connectivity needed to successfully prosecute a Gang.  Finally, Students will be introduced to State and Federal statutes that have proven most effective when prosecuting individual gang members and gang conspiracies.

This topic is approved to apply toward the following concentration(s):

  • Criminal Justice (CJUS)

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 1-3

Recent developments in the field. Notes: Topics vary. May be used to fulfill requirements for different concentrations in the BS in criminology, law, and society depending on the topic. May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 15 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100
Schedule Type: Lecture

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