SOC Blog-a-thon Day 3: SOC 401 B

SOC 401 B: Sociology of the Urban Street Gang (B TERM)

SUM 17 SOC 401B
Course Overview: 
  • Instructor: John Leverso (
  • Schedule: B TERM; MTWTh 9:30 am to 11:50 am
  • SLN: 13532
  • 5 credits (Individuals & Society)
  • This course will satisfy five credits of the Sociology Elective requirement or five credits of the Sociology Upper Division requirement*

Gangs are products of community social conditions and processes; they are often most prevalent in neighborhoods where other institutions breakdown. Stressing a sociological understanding of gangs, this course will provide an overview of research on gangs and theoretical perspectives of gang membership while paying close attention to the interplay of social structure — both specific gangs and specific neighborhoods — and the life-course of individual gang members. This class focuses on not only why a person might join a gang and the behaviors associated with street gang membership, but on the ability for gang-involved individuals to leave street gangs. By the end of the course students will have a solid foundation of theoretical perspectives on gang formation, persistence and desistance, and an opportunity to interview a former gang member.

*recall, a maximum of 10 credits of 401 can be earned to satisfy both sociology and university requirements. Any credits of 401 taken beyond 10 will not count toward your department requirements, or the 180 credits needed to graduate
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