What You Will Learn, What You Will Not Learn
This course is a General Education course. It seeks to meet goals relevant to all General Education courses.
It is also a course within the GenEd area "U.S. Society," so it also seeks to meet those goals as well.
Some of those skills will help you learn to do research. For example, depending on your instructor and the course structure, you may be asked to complete small exercises or assignments which help you learn:
how to find census data for an area
how to interpret tabular data displays
how to interpret graphical data displays
how to interpret certain types of mapped data displays
how to locate old newspapers currently held in Paley Library
how to research one particular old newspaper, the New York Times, through the Paley Library database engine
You may find these skills helpful in future courses. Learning these skills may help with the goals of information literacy or quantitative literacy.
relying on one specific conceptual toolbox within the general approach called the sociolegal frame. The particular toolbox used comes from Donald Black's The Behavior of Law. You will learn what specific predictions he makes, and examine whether the incidents reviewed fit his expected pattern. No one is saying this is the "best" approach to these issues or that this model is always correct. But the model does address the most key threads in U.S. society: socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, and foreign born vs. native born status.
focusing largely on what has happened in Philadelphia. You will consider whether what has happened here does or does not seem typical of what happens elsewhere. Temple is located in a large and complex metropolitan area, and the incidents you learn about will help you better understand the historical background for some issues that are playing out currently.
focusing on particular incidents during this time frame.
There are some things this course is not
This is not a course on urban crime in the early 20th Century. For that take History 0279 Historical Roots of Urban Crime (highly recommended).
This course is not about the geographic, social, demographic, economic, cultural structure of cities or urban regions. For that take History 278 (Development of the Modern American City) or Geography and Urban Studies C055 (Urban Society).
This course is not a detailed history of Philadelphia. For that, take History 0167 (History of Philadelphia).
This course is not an introduction to the criminal justice. For that, take Criminal Justice 0050 (Introduction to Criminal Justice).
This course is not about national politics and how those matters connect with law and order and criminal justice. For that take Political Science 0126 (American Public Opinion).
This course is not about the structure of American (or other) societies. For that, take Introduction to Sociology.