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Site Teaching Modules CRMJ/SOCA 233 Criminology: Week 7
Chicago School
You will be held accountable for purposes of grading for the readings and exercises listed here. There will be no "testing." That means that you will not have to live in anxious anticipation of what we will ask and how much you will have to know. Instead, we will provide weekly discussion questions, lectures, essays, and concepts we feel that you should know as a result of having taken this course. You will assure us of that learning and receive your grade for the questions and concepts about which you choose to write and talk with us. In addition, you will find detailed explanations and examples on our grading policies in the first week's reading.

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Week 7: Week of October 12, 2003

  • Topic:Chicago School

  • Preparatory Readings:
    • Williams and McShane. Criminology Theory. chapters by Shaw and McKay, Sutherland Sellin
    • Pollock. Criminal Women. ch. 7
    • optional -- Adler. 5

  • Lecture: in class

  • Concepts:

    • cultural deviance theory
    • social disorganization
    • concentric zone model
    • differential association
    • culture conflict

  • Discussion Questions:

    1. What is different about the Chicago School when compared to the Positivist School?

    2. Explain the concentric zone theory. Does it still hold true today? Why.

    3. What are the key components of differential association? What are the strengths and weaknesses of this theory? Why.

    4. Explain the connections between ecological, culture conflict and differential association theories.

  • Past Lectures and Related Links:

      Theory Resources Page

      Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics

  • Some Recommended Activities:

    1. Show and Tell: Bring in a current event or find a program (other than those mentioned in the readings or lectures) showing how the Chicago School informs policy.

    2. Explore one of these topics:
      --- How effective are gang intervention and prevention programs with the Chicago School theories as their foundation? Why.
      --- Does the concentric zone model apply where you live? Why.

      New Creative Project with CSUDH students! Check out Visual Essays Project. If interested, let me know.

    3. Recommended Readings

      Clifford Shaw and Henry McKay. Juvenile Delinquency and Urban Areas.

      Edwin Sutherland. Principles of Criminology.

      Thorsten Sellin. Culture Conflict and Crime.

    Now, check the Minimum Requirements for Criminology, Week 6 and 7.

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