The Chicago School's Social Disorganization Theory

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According to studies done in the 20th century, which of the following is a trait of a community with a high crime rate?

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1. What was the focus of the Chicago School of Criminology?

2. According to social disorganization theory, how are unfavorable conditions within a community linked to crime?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet gauge your understanding of the founding and meaning of the social disorganization theory. To pass this quiz, you should be able to define key terms and identify where and how this theory started.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Students can expect to answer questions about:

  • Crime and punishment studies
  • Criminal behavior as the result of unfavorable conditions
  • How the Chicago school of criminology was started
  • Who first described the social disorganization theory

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the study of crime and punishment
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define key concepts related to this topic
  • Making connections - link your knowledge of the location of the school of criminology with the university where it was founded

Additional Learning

You can find out more about this subject by viewing the lesson called The Chicago School's Social Disorganization Theory. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Describe leading beliefs about crime prior to the social disorganization theory
  • Understand social factors that contribute to criminal behavior
  • Learn about the Chicago school of thought in the 20th century
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