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PART I: ESSAY

 

Directions: Answer the question below.  Your response should be at least one page in length.

 

1.      Visit the federal Office of National Drug Control Policy website and read the President’s National Drug Control Strategy.  The link to the website is http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/policy/ndcs.html.  Write a report that summarizes the information that the document provides about each major drug category.  Briefly describe the main points of the drug-control program that the document outlines.  Be sure to address the following questions: (1) What topics are covered in the document?; (2) Who wrote the foreword?  What message was that person trying to communicate?; and (3) Which of the stated goals of the strategy do you think deserves the most attention?  Why?

 

PART II: COURSE PROJECT: CRIMES AND THEORIES

 

(Compilation of Modules 1-8)

 

Directions: This course project will include a written component for each module that will be turned in at the end of the course in Module 8.  Criminology is the study of crime and criminal behaviors based on theory.  Your textbook defines a theory as a series of interrelated propositions that attempts to describe, explain, predict, and ultimately control some class of events.  A theory gains explanatory power from inherent logical consistency and is “tested” by how well it describes and predicts reality.  To assist you with this project, the textbook defines theories throughout.  The theories associated with criminology can be applied to the crimes we see committed in the news each week.  Thus, this course project will involve locating two crimes (one in your local or nearly surrounding communities and one national) and applying the crimes you locate to one of the theories learned in this course.

 

For example: Situational Choice Theory could be related to a crime of robbing a person because this type of crime often depends on the situation involved, such as a victim being in the right place at the right time and other factors that lends to the ability to commit the crime, including location, time of day, environmental factors, and the victim being alone and in possession of items the offender desires.

 

Requirements:  For each module, locate a local and national crime, describe the details and source of the crime (also be sure to keep a reference page with all the sources used throughout the course project).  Identify an appropriate theory learned during this course, describe the theory, and then explain how the theory relates to the crime chosen.  Thus, each part should require at least one paragraph as follows:

 

  1. Chosen description and details of the crime
  2. Chosen Theory, including definition and founder
  3. Explanation of how the chosen theory relates to the chosen crime.

 

Repeat this process for each crime – one local and one national for a total of a minimum of six paragraphs per Module.  Sources of crimes include newspapers, websites, television news stations, etc.  You can use theories repeatedly for this project; however, try to use varying theories to demonstrate an understanding of as many course criminological theories as possible.

 

Be sure to include APA formatting, including a cover page, in-text citations, and a reference page (please visit the Academic Resource Center for concise APA guidelines).  For each module, be sure to include the date with either Local or National next to the date as the title for that module assignment.  Note that there must be two titles for each module (one for local and one for national).  Grading will be in part on ensuring that the course project included both a local and national component for each module.  Thus, the final project should have a minimum of 16 Crimes with Theories Applied (two per module).  You will also be graded on your APA formatting, reference page, grammar, and spelling

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