II. TERM ASSIGNMENT (PAPER) – 15%
Part A – Select a real life Canadian criminal event. This may include any type of criminal event- violent, property, or victimless crime in the media (See List A for suggestions of Criminal Events). Examine the following:
Explain the elements of the criminal event- the Precursor, Transaction, Aftermath
Outline the Situational and Locational Factors
Identify the Roles of Victims, Offenders, By-Standers
Part B – Choose two criminological theories (See List B for suggestions) discussed in class and/or text.
Describe how each theory explains crime/criminal offending. You should include a summary of the causes/roots of criminal offending generally and may also refer to research studies which support this theory.
Describe how each of the two theories would explain this specific criminal event.
Identify how each theory would respond/intervene to reduce the criminal event.
Part C – Provide and justify your opinion, as to which theory you feel best explains this type of criminal event.
LIST A – TYPES OF CRIMINAL EVENTS- YOU MUST SELECT A REAL CANADIAN CRIMINAL EVENT IN THE MEDIA-The criminal event may be local, out of province, recent, historical or even famous.
Infanticide – killing a child
Criminal Harassment (Stalking)
Break and Enter
White Collar Crime
Crimes Against the Environment
Crimes Against Human Rights
Prostitution (or Solicitation)
Hard/Soft Drug Use
LIST B – THEORIES OF CRIME*
Sociological Theories of Crime
I. Structural – Composition/Conditions of Society
Merton’s Strain and Delinquency
General Strain Theory
Institutional Anomie Theory
II. Interpersonal – Personal Interactions
Life Course Perspective
Social Learning Theory
Biological Theories of Crime
Twin Studies/ Adoption Studies
Psychological Theories of Crime
Classical Theories of Crime
Rational Choice Theories
Lifestyle Exposure Theory
Routine Activities Theory
Social Control/Bond Theories of Crime
Social Control- Theory of the Bond
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