Criminology Theory

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You must utilize textbook Criminology:The Core, Author Larry J. Siegel 6th Edition plus at least four academic outside sources (note: academic sources at a minimum have an abstract and references section – do NOT simply do a Google search using Internet sources).

Select a theory and research the theory in terms of the

historical, intellectual, sociological, political, and economic factors of the period during which it was developed.

Then you will need to outline your paper demonstrating what you have learned and how you might apply the theory.

In other words, ask yourself:

  1. I am going to be a law enforcement officer, what theory would apply to law enforcement?
  2. I am going to be a corrections officer, what theory would apply to corrections?
  3. I am going to be a court administrator, what theory would apply to administrating in the court system?
  4. I am going to be “X”, what theory would apply to that occupation?

Demonstrate the value of understanding the relationship between criminological theory, research, and practice in the study of crime and criminal behavior. In doing so, it better equips you to comprehend the role of criminological theory and research in the development of criminal justice policies and practices in your current or future occupation.

Below you will find an example outline for you to follow.

  1. Select a theory/theories. You may select from the following topics.
    1. Related Law Enforcement occupations to …………… Criminological Theory
    2. Relating court administration occupations to ………… Criminological Theory
    3. Relating correctional occupations to ………… Criminological Theory
    4. Relating criminal justice or related occupational profession to Criminological Theory
    5. Relating Violent Crime in America to ……..Criminological Theory
    6. Rape, Sexual Assault, and Special Victims as Related to . Criminological Theory
    7. Correctional Occupations (to include outreach / probation/ parole) relating treatment and prisoner re-entry to …….criminological theory
    8. Relationship to Crime in America ……. to Social Structure Theory
    9. Public Order Crimes Related to Crime in America related to ….Criminological Theory
    10. Crime of the New Millennium as Related to ………. Crime and Criminological Theory of the 21st Century
    11. Relating Social Class to Crime and Criminology to ………. Criminological Theory
    12. Social Class to Crime and Criminology …….related to Social Structure Theory
    13. The Background and Application of Political Crime and Terrorism as related to ….. Criminological Theory
    14. Causes, Effects, and Solutions on Crime related to …….Racial Profiling theory
    15. Victimless Crimes: Causes, Effects, and Solutions as related to ….Criminological Theory
    16. Comparing and Contrasting Major Theories of Criminology (Select Two): Social Structure; Social Process; Social Reaction; Deterrence and Rational Choice
    17. Explanations to Crime Related to …….Criminological Theory
  2. Research the theory in terms of how it has been applied historically, intellectually, sociologically, politically, and/or economically. You must utilize textbook Criminology:The Core, Author Larry J. Siegel 6th Edition plus at least four academic outside sources (note: academic sources at a minimum have an abstract and references section – do NOT simply do a Google search using Internet sources).
  3. Summarize the contemporary use of one (or two) theory (ies).
  4. Apply the theory (ies) selected to your current or projected occupation in the criminal justice field.

This paper will reflect your effort to fully research a specific theory and apply the theory to your current or proposed occupation in the criminal justice field. The paper requirements include five to seven pages in APA format.

  • Below is an example of an outline
  • Sample Paper Outline

The following outline is recommended for your paper.

  1. Introduction
    1. Definition of selected occupation
      1. law enforcement officer
      2. correction officer
      3. probation officer
      4. juvenile corrections officer
      5. court administrators
      6. court bailiff
      7. court researcher
    2. Definition of Theory, for example select one (not comprehensive):
      1. rational choice theory
      2. social learning theory
      3. social control theory
      4. deterrence theory
      5. conflict theory
      6. social structure theory
    3. Identify Victims and Offenders affected by the concepts of the theory.
      1. Characteristics of crime victims (as related to your theory and occupation)
        1. Typical victim features
        2. Psychological effects on victims
        3. Physical effects on victims
        4. Effects on society
      2. Characteristics of offenders
        1. Typical offender characteristics (type of crime, individual characteristics)
        2. Physical Characteristics comparisons: Sex, age, race, education, income, location
  2. Research examples of the theory being applied.
    1. Background Studies Related to Application of Theory (peer-reviewed studies)
      1. Study 1
      2. Study 2
      3. Study 3
    2. Current events applied to the theory (optional, please reference all sources, but not included in total academic sources)
  3. Apply selected theory to current or projected occupation in criminal justice or related field
    1. Provide examples of practical application of the theory in your occupation
    2. Explain drawbacks to applying the theory in your occupation
      1. cultural detractors
      2. occupation detractors
    3. Strategy to overcome drawbacks
  4. Conclusion
    1. Would you use the theory to apply it to your occupation. Why or why not?
  5. References (in APA format)

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