Topics and Disciplines
UCOLL 300 - Unit III - Academic Focus
All academic disciplines fall within these three academic branches of learning. Since many DDP students study the Social Sciences, we'll use an example from that academic branch to illustrate how this works.
The topic of violent gangs seems straight forward if we talk about them in everyday conversation. If you were talking to a friend about violent gangs, you might comment on a story you saw in a newspaper or on a web site.
But how would one of your psychology professors talk about violent gangs? your anthropology professor? a sociologiogist? All of these individuals would add a unique perspective to the discussion depending on their disciplinary background. Because they are all rooted in the Social Sciences, there might be some overlap or multidisciplinary approach that would interest both the psychology and anthropology professor, for example.
Let’s look at some examples of how the different academic disciplines may consider violent gangs:
- Decision making processes within violent gangs
- Profile and characteristics of specific ethnic gangs
- Identity and gang membership
- Reasons for female gang membership
- Violent trends among adolescent girls
- Role of narcotics in the lives of female gang members
- Media perception of violent girls and women
- Social organization in female gangs
- Female gang members in the juvenile justice system
- Identifying gangs in the school population
- School-based gang prevention programs
- The role of school counselors in dealing with student gang members
- Role of graffiti in gang life in the 20th century
- History of gangs in San Francisco 1900 – 1930
- New immigrants and gangs in New York in the early 20th century
- Social policy in the city of Chicago regarding gangs
- Should gang crime be federalized?
- Policies to reduce race-based gang violence