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.


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


• 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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