For each week, you will have a choice of which forums to participate in.
1 Can gang membership be predicted – why or why not? What are the main predictive factors that increase the likelihood that an individual will join a gang? Which of these factors do YOU think is the most influential? Finally, what is the main limitation of the Seattle Study and why is this consideration important?
2 What are some of the major historical events that have influenced the development of West Coast Latino Gangs in the U.S.? Why were these events so important? What do these events suggest more broadly about the relationship between marginalization and gang formation?
3 What is the role of U.S. street gangs in the transnational drug trade? How does America’s drug appetite affect U.S./Mexico border security? What are some solutions for reducing the violence related to gangs and drug trafficking?
Your posts must be supported by assigned reading citations, lecture, outside text, or internet reference. Robust commentary is expected. Make sure that your ideas relate to the subject at hand and include properly cited information taken from the course materials, lectures or text! Opinions matter, but posts should draw from, and properly cite, the course materials too. Each forum post should be a minimum of 6 to 8 paragraphs long. Each paragraph should have 6 to 10 sentences with proper English. Do not post foul language and photographs.You must also cite at the end of your posts; these are mini-papers, make sure you write a throughout the response to show that you can appropriately apply course concepts.The content in your posts is important. If you use material from the text or outside source, please cite appropriately. You can state your opinion based on experience.