Case Study Paper – Criminology

Case Study Paper – Criminology

Case study paper

Please write a paper based on the following scenario, question, theories, and requirements:

Scenario: On his way home from school, a fourteen-year-old boy from a poor family stops at a convenience

store. When he thinks the clerk is not looking, he puts a bottle of orange juice under his coat and heads for the door. The clerk catches him and calls the police.

Question:

How might one explain the boy’s criminal action according to the theories about causes of crime? Choose four theories – each from a different theory category. Feel free to speculate and add details to make the theories fit.

Theory categories: Biosocial theories Learning theories Strain theories Control theories Rational choice theory Life Course theories

Requirements:

• No more than five pages (double-spaced, excluding title page and reference page) o Approximately one page for each “theory” and how it applies plus an introduction and

conclusion. o The introduction should restate the scenario and lay out the organizational plan for the

paper. o The conclusion should identify the explanation or theory you think makes the most sense

in this case and why. • Subheadings allowed, but not required. • If there are multiple theories in your chosen category, briefly explain the category as a whole

then choose a specific theory to explain the scenario. • At least five sources, at least three of which are academic quality, peer-reviewed research

articles (e.g., from American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Criminology, Crime & Delinquency, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Justice Quarterly, etc.).

• Citations and references in APA style. • Include a title page and reference section.


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