School Violence Class Project

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Class members will work in pairs to first build a data set of school shooting events and later in the semester, a dataset of workplace shooting events in the United States.


In the course this assignment was designed for, we will learn about risk assessment, threat assessment and the FBI typology of warning behaviors.  We will first begin with examining incidents of school shootings.  Towards the end of the course, we will examine incidents of workplace shootings. 

We will build an interactive map and timeline of school shootings between 2004 and 2014.  This map and timeline will be the dataset that students will analyze in the first reflective paper assignment. 

For their final paper, students will be asked to individually write up a case analysis of an assigned incident of workplace violence.  The process that students complete for the school shooting project will help them with the final assignment.

At the completion of this project the student should be able to:
  1. Identify the factors related to incidents of school shootings from a 10 year period in the United States (2004-2014).
  2. Identify and discuss the major theories and research on the causes of  school violence.
  3. Learn to enter data in a google sheets and generate a map for incidents of school shootings and workplace shootings.
  4. Discuss the role of contextual factors, such as time, place, culture, race,and  SES in understanding school shootings.
  5. Identify patterns in incidents of school shootings.

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HMS357 Workplace and School Violence, Spring 2018

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Class members worked in groups to fact check and build upon the Mother Jones' data set of school shooting and workplace shooting events in the United States.

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