Be familiar with the basic theories regarding the cause of crime, and the implications of each theory for policy decisions (G-2). Be able to apply criminological theories to particular situations (G-3).
Basic theories regarding the cause of crime, and the implications
Hilbert College – FALL 2019
CJ204 – Crime & Society
Department of Criminal Justice
Instructor – Charlene M. Mahony, M.A.
This assignment addresses the following course outcomes:
Firstly, Be familiar with the basic theories regarding the cause of crime, and the implications of each theory for policy decisions (G-2).
Secondly, Be able to apply criminological theories to particular situations (G-3).
Thirdly, Understand criminological sources of data, their interpretation, and recent trends in crime (G-1, G-4).
Fourthly, Have learned about the various types of crimes, and how they differ from one another (G-3).
Further, Understand the links between crime, victimization and social inequalities (G-2).
Additionally, Be aware of current issues in the criminal justice system and its connection to the field of criminology (G-6).
Lastly, the purpose of this assignment is to tie together the topics discussed in this course throughout the semester. Read instructions carefully.
Choose a criminal offender for whom you can find credible detailed information including the crime(s) committed and detailed information on the background of the offender including childhood, family life, education, medical conditions, etc (see #4 below).
1. Firstly, Begin with an introduction that makes a person want to continue reading your paper. Be sure to give a brief overview of what your paper is about.
2. Define what the science of criminology is and why it is important in evaluating crimes and criminal behavior. (use your textbook for this)
3. Provide a Brief synopsis/overview of the crime(s) committed by the chosen offender, including who, what, where, when, and how.
4. Research and discuss the offender in detail, including his/her background: it is important to consider such issues as the offenders childhood, family life, rearing, medical conditions relevant to his/her behavior, education, social status, economic status, etc.(be sure to include anything that you believe may have contributed to the offenders criminality).
5. Choose a minimum of two (2) criminological theories from your textbook that you believe apply to why the offender committed the crime.
6. Thoroughly define and explain each theory and its’ roots, (i.e. If you were to choose Pyschodynamic Theory as one applicable theory it would be necessary to both explain, evaluate, and apply this theory to the offender with specific examples, AND to discuss where this theory originates, and provide an overview of the umbrella theories, that is to discuss how it is part of the Psychological Trait View, which falls under overall Trait Theory, etc.)
7. Evaluate each theory, explaining how and why it is applicable to the offender and his/her criminal behavior. (Cite specific examples to support your choice!) The more support you provide, the better your grade.
8. Lastly, Conclude by summarizing the main points of this assignment and your research.