This course examines the most salient and contemporary issues in the study of gangs in American society that include the prevalence, structures, norms and behaviors exhibited by gang members. It explores why and how gangs form, conditions of membership, and effects on members and society. Gang proliferation, race and gender issues, and the relationship between gangs and violence and drugs are also examined. The design and effectiveness of prevention, intervention and suppression policies and programs developed in response to this phenomenon are assessed.
Advisory: This is an upper-level course. Students should have knowledge equivalent to an introductory sociology course.
Semester Hours: 3
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