As a criminologist, you will be required to analyze crime from  multiple angles to explain why it is occurring. As you have learned over  the past several weeks, crime can be defined at different le

As a criminologist, you will be required to analyze crime from  multiple angles to explain why it is occurring. As you have learned over  the past several weeks, crime can be defined at different levels and  even the definition of what crime can vary. Theories of crime causation  are employed at the individual, the small group, the neighborhood, the  city, and the larger society. You will use your research and analytic  abilities to study real criminal cases and make sense of them. After you  have written your report, you will create a brief presentation on your  research and analysis.

Midterm Project Goals (Worth 100 points):

  1. Thoroughly understand several theories that could come from up to  three different criminological perspectives that we have covered in  class. (Worth 30 points)
  2. Apply theory to historical and contemporary crime by using the  fbi.gov’s website to identify a past case or a group of cases, such as  the Hurricane Katrina string of fraud cases:

            http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/history/famous-cases

Once you have selected a case or a case that belongs to a group of  cases, you will need to explain the crime using victim, rational choice,  and social structure theories. (Worth 30 points)

  1. In addition to the use of the FBI’s case locate a recent crime that  has occurred on Boston.com or a similar newspaper company and applies  the victim, rational choice, and social structure theories to the  offense described in your newspaper article. (Worth 30 points)
  2. Prepare a brief presentation covering each theory you choose from  the different perspectives and how you applied the specific theories to a  historical and recent criminal case. (Worth 10 points)

To sufficiently achieve your project goals, you will need to answer the following questions:

  1. Using your Criminology textbook, what are the critical theories of  each perspective we have covered? Be sure to introduce each perspective,  and explain the critical assumptions of each perspective by stating the  name of theory, which theorist developed it, what are the concepts, and  the reported relationship between the ideas that lead towards crime.
  2. After you have identified several theories, compare and contrast the  theories. Do some theories seem to explain certain types of crime  better than others? Is there a weakness or particular strength that you  can identify?
  3. Do the theories explain all crime types and crime committed by all kinds of people or do they seem more specific?
  4. After you have sufficiently explained your theories, summarize two  criminal cases. Be sure to identify all of the essential aspects of the  crime including who the perpetrator(s) and victim(s) were, where the  offense took place, when it happened, what was the outcome (have the  police made an arrest?), how the crime was committed, and was any motive  apparent? Include all details you deem necessary.
  5. Next, apply the chosen theories from each perspective to your  crimes. Be sure to explain how each theoretical concept is located  within the offense you wanted and the relationship between the ideas and  what you can detect happened in the criminal case.
  6. Write a proper conclusion of the implications of using your theories to understand the crimes.

Writing Requirements:

For the midterm project, the writing will require you to write at least five typed pages, double-spaced, 1” margins, 12 point Times New Roman Font.  The format should be in APA style and include an APA style reference  page. Examples and instructions for this can be located on the Lasell  Library website.

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