Deviant Behaviours and Urban Safety
Part of this Programme
Level of Qualification|Semesters|ECTS
Bachelor | Semestral | 4
Year | Type of course unit | Language
2 |Mandatory |Português
Total of Working Hours | Duration of Contact (hours)
100 | 45
Recommended complementary curricular units
Prerequisites and co-requisites
Introduction Delinquency versus crime; Official delinquency versus real delinquency Psychological mechanisms affecting the understanding of delinquency phenomenon Delinquency and insecurity: dimensions of the phenomenon Delinquency typologies Typology of Moffit continuity and career of Fréchette and Le Blanc Explanatory theories The anomie in Durkheim and Merton. Typology of adaptive behavior patterns Theory of delinquent subcultures; conflict of cultures; of social learning; of social control The role of socialization The importance of the family Urban space, delinquency and crime The big city as a producer of crime (The Chicago school) Ecological and spatial theories The emergence of crime zones; Suburban gangs Urban violence The city as a place to reprimand violence Critical factors of crime and crime in urban areas Costs of urban violence; Prevention; Paths to the solution Strategies and
- Approach the phenomenon of delinquency and urban violence as generators of insecurity - Understand the importance of various theorists in attempting to explain the phenomenon of delinquency and urban violence - Analyze the big city as a phenomenon that produces violence and possible forms of intervention.
Knowledge, abilities and skills to be acquired
Students should be able to understand and explain the phenomenon of urban deviance and violence by integrating the multiple theoretical contributions of Psychology to the study of human behavior; They should acquire the ability to observe and understand group dynamics, particularly those concerning the urban setting; They should acquire the capacity to define, qualify and anticipate urban violence; They should acquire the capacity to construct scenarios of situational security measures;
Teaching methodologies and assessment
In the classes an expository methodology is used with thematic projections and the students' involvement in discussions related to the subjects addressed in the classroom. Assessment: Continuous assessment (written test + group work presented in the classroom) or evaluation by final exam.
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