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CMRJ523 - Gangs and Gang Prevention

Course Details

Course Code: CMRJ523 Course ID: 4463 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

Gangs continue to plague the criminal justice system. Since the 1980s street gangs has increased in number and are no longer an inner city problem. Today youth gangs can be found in the suburbs, rural America and even in the military. In order to address this problem criminal justice and human service professionals will need to understand the complexities of today’s gang problem. This course is designed to assist the student in developing an understanding of what a street gang is. This course will provide an overview of the historical and contemporary street gang including defining what a street gang is. A particular focus in this class will be made on the inner workings of a street gang as well. Additionally this course will examine how effective past and current methods of addressing and combating a street gang are.

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Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO1: Summarize the history of the American Street gang.

CO2: Breakdown the various definitions of what a street gang is and discuss the most commonly accepted definitions.

CO3: Synthesize and debate what gang proliferation, prevalence and migration are.

CO4: Compare and contrast gang control programs and their effectiveness.

CO5: Contrast past methods of gang enforcement with present methods of enforcement.

CO6: Critique the reasons why an individual joins a street gang.

CO7: Evaluate the organizational structure of a street gang.

CO8: Examine the role of the community and its influence on a street gang.


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Previous Syllabi

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