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Course Description

This course is designed to explore historical developments, origins, philosophy and current trends and activities in criminal street gangs within California. It will explore areas of violence, recruitment, drug use, graffiti and attire; with emphasis placed on organization within gangs and their racial backgrounds. Types of solutions within the criminal justice system used to combat street gangs is also included. ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and English 260.

Learning Outcomes

  • Examine the history, the various reasons for the creation of criminal street gangs, and the reasons for criminal activity.
  • Identify various different types of gangs in the U.S., with emphasis on active street gangs in California.
  • Examine and identify how the criminal justice system controls and deals with criminal street gangs.

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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