This project will require students to choose a specific crime, discuss the actor
This project will require students to choose a specific crime, discuss the actor
This project will require students to choose a specific crime, discuss the actors involved, the type of criminal behavior and discuss this crime in light of at least three competing theories about this action. The project is worth 100 points. First, choose the crime you would like to write about it and claim it on the discussion board online. If you write about a crime someone else claimed first, you automatically lose 25% of the grade. After choosing a crime, papers must address the following questions. Please explain all answers fully: 1. Provide a brief description of the particulars of the crime and the process through which the Criminal Justice System (CJS) resolved this act. Which parts of the CJS were involved? Was this federal, local, or state level? Why these? At what part of the CJS did this case end? 2. Does this fit the book’s definition of a crime? Why or why not? 3. Who is the perpetrator and does this s/he fit the profile of a typical criminal? 4. Who is/are the victim(s) and does this/these victim(s) fit the profile of a typical victim? Which of the victimization theories best fits this crime? 5. Which individual-level theory best explains the crime at hand and why? Find a social science journal article from this theoretical tradition that you believe expands your understanding of this specific crime and explain why it matters. 6. Which societal level theory best explains the crime and why? Find a social science journal article from this theoretical tradition that you believe expands your understanding of this specific crime and explain why it matters. 7. Which of these two theories best explains the crime and why? 8. Which perspective least fits the crime and why? 9. What type of crime is this? Does your preferred theoretical perspective (the perspective your best-fitting theory comes from) generally do the best job explaining these types of crime or is your crime in some way unusual for this crime type? 10. Which social solution described in the book might have been useful for preventing your crime? Which would not have affected your crime? Papers are due during the final exam period and should be less than ten pages, typewritten, double-spaced, and intelligible. Papers may be uploaded to Moodle. You must also include a typewritten list of references for your journal articles. Accepted social science journals may be found in the Edmund Stanley library stacks or through the electronic databases. Set your search to include only full-text, peer-reviewed articles.

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