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Course requirements include two short, multi-part written assignments that require you going to two off campus events.
You will visit the gun expo in Oaks PA, just beyond King of Prussia, the weekend of October 6-8. You will pay $12 for admission. This will be held at the Greater PHiladelphia Expo Center, 1601 Egypt Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460
You will attend a meeting of Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy, 7-9 PM, Monday October 2nd at Springfield Friends Meeting House/Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield PA 19064.
(If these dates are problematic, backup dates are feasible, but they create wrinkles.)
Course Learning Goals
You will master some basic facts about guns, gun violence including suicide and mass shootings, gun ownership, gun practices, gun culture, public opinion about, and gun crime prevention.
You will grow your way into appreciating three different policy perspectives on guns: the victim perspective, the public health perspective, and the economic perspective.
You will judge the effectiveness of different policy initiatives based on your understanding of specific evaluation studies.
You will be develop a deeper appreciation of the Herculean challenges of conducting empirical research on societally vital topics related to guns.
Structure of the course
This is a graduate seminar readings course. This means the following. Each week you will read part of a book and perhaps (not sure yet) an article. You will do some low stakes writing prior to each class, and upload that electronically. Your low stakes writing will probably be in the form of a thoughtful response to one of the questions posed about the week's readings. You will come to class with questions about the readings, thoughtful reactions to the readings, and a willingness to join in the joint exploration of this topic.
It is also important to see what is happening "on the ground" currently around guns. That is why you will be attending a gun expo, and a meeting of a grassroots gun policy group. Although you must attend both of these events, and although you will write just a bit before and after each event, you will write up one of these visits for a slightly longer qualitative paper. We will discuss the advisability and feasability of a division of labor approach both for these visits and for the write ups themselves.
There will be a final project. Class attendees will work with the instructor over the first three weeks or so of the class to get this into focus.
What you will be graded on - tentative
|Weekly low stakes writing|
|Attend gun expo, including short pre and post writing|
|Attend grass roots gun policy meeting, including short pre and post writing|
|Qualitative write up|
NOTE: at this time this is a PRELIMINARY list of books. There MAY be some volumes subtracted.
Cook, P. J., & Ludwig, J. (1996). Guns in America: Results of a Comprehensive National Survey on Firearms Ownership and Use (NCJ 165448). (copy distributed)
Cook, P. J., & Ludwig, J. (2000). Gun Violence: The Real Costs. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ($38)
Hemenway, D. (2004). Private Guns, Public Health. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. ($24)
Klarevas, L. (2016). Rampage Nation: Securing America from Mass Shootings. New York: Prometheus Books. ($17)
Kleck, G. (1997). Targeting guns: Firearms and Their Control. New Brunswick, NJ: AldineTransaction. ($34)
Webster, D. W., & Vernick, J. (Eds.). (2013). Reducing Gun Violence in America Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. (Electronic Book: HV7436 .R4152 2013eb ; pages TBA)
Younge, G. (2016). Another Day in the Death of America: Nation Books.($17)
SEQUENCE OF TOPICS - tentative - subject to change
NOTE- there could be additional journal articles assigned for several of these weeks here. That has not been finalized yet.
Topic and Readings (readings are to be done BY that week)
READ: Kleck: Pages TBA
|2|| BACKGROUND &
DEFENSIVE GUN USE
READ: Cook & Ludwig, GIA; Kleck, pages TBA
|3||THE VICTIM PERSPECTIVE
READ: Younge, pages TBA
|4||GUNS AND SUICIDE
READ: Klarevas, pages TBA
|7||PUBLIC POLICY PERSPECTIVES I: Public Health
Read: Hemenway, pages TBA
|8||Read: Hemenway, pages TBA; Webster & Vernick, pages TBA|
|9||Read: Webster & Vernick, pages TBA|
PUBLIC POLICY PERSPECTIVES II: Economics
EVALUATION I: The Supply
EVALUATION II: Licensing
EVALUATION III: Police targeting guns
EVALUATIONS IV: Prosecution and the Courts
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