CCJ 435 Crime, Grime and Fear
Examine the factors that combine to intensify neighborhood crime and community decline, with a focus on crime patterns, disorder, fear of crime, police-citizen relations, and more.
0:10 The title of the course is Crime, Grime and Fear. The impetus of the course, the main focus if you will is first of all delving into theories that describe why crime varies across places.
0:29 The earliest criminologists were talking – writing in the 1920s, 1930s in Chicago realized that crime tended to stay in certain communities over time. So the course begins by looking at those theories of why crime tends to be higher in certain communities and neighborhoods. A lot of those theories talk about social economic characteristics of the community; poverty being a key factor, broken homes being another key factor. Then it gets into kind of the socialization of the people within those communities who are often very disconnected from one another.
1:12 So they will go out and find facts about their community regarding crime, regarding social and demographic characteristics. Relating that back to the theories that we have examined. And then we have them going out and physically experiencing their community; walking through their community, driving through the community, taking pictures of the community. And taking all of this information, soaking it in and developing professional research reports.
1:57 We are doing pictures, we are doing maps of the communities.
2:03 The course involves developing these particular products if you will that really describe their community, go into detail about it. And the course kind of ends with them coming up with some action plans. Now that you have learned this about your community what needs to occur in the future to improve it or to maintain the stability of that community.
2:35 My name is Brian Renaur and I will be your Professor.