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Urban Studies: Police and Citizen

This course explores perspectives on street gangs and criminal activity; the street-level practice of policing and efforts at police reform; the youth experience of policing; advances in the social science of adolescence, trauma, and victimization; community-based anti-violence action and “community policing,” and efforts to promote criminal desistance at the individual level and decarceration at the structural level. Complementing excursions and the practicum, students will engage with in-class informants with wide-ranging vantage points on these topics including police officers, community organization leaders, former gang members, scholars, and policy-makers and administrators. Our approaches will include discussion and lecture; ethnographic, journalistic, and policy-oriented readings; and documentary films and other media, with much of our focus trained on Chicago. The course was designed by, and will be co-taught by, two sociologists in the Public Policy Studies program at the University of Chicago, Sorcha Brophy and Chad Broughton, who will each offer one class per week over the six-week summer session.

This course is part of the UChicago Urban Studies Program.

Course Code

PBPL 26075


PPHA 37104




UChicago Undergraduates
Visiting Undergraduates


Public Policy

Class Day(s)

Tues Thurs

Class Start Time


Class End Time


Primary Instructor

Chad Broughton

Secondary Instructor

Sorcha Brophy


Session I

Orientation Date(s)

Start Date

End Date


  • Students who apply will be admitted using rolling admission and require a $50 application fee. 
  • The Summer Session application deadline is May 1, 2018. Students may apply after this deadline, but will be required to pay an additional $100 rush processing fee.
  • International students who will require a visa to attend, applications will be considered no later than April 9 in order to allow enough time to complete the visa application process.
  • Rolling admissions: courses fill quickly, so submit your complete application as soon as possible.

Cost & Aid

Total Cost with Housing: $8,500
Course Cost: $4,900

Complete Cost & Aid Information (including housing and other fees) for high school students can be found here.
Complete Cost & Aid Information (including housing and other fees) for undergraduates can be found here.