In this unit, you learned about sociological theories of crime. The course textbook and the unit lesson provide multiple ideas on the causes of criminal behavior, the sociological theories. There are five sociological theories presented in this unit. They are Anomie: Emile Durkheim, Merton’s Theory of Anomie, Robert Agnew’s General Strain Theory (GST), Cohen’s Lower-Class Reaction Theory, Cloward and Ohlin’s Differential Opportunity Theory.
For this assignment, you will compose an essay that explores this topic. To write your essay, complete the following steps:
1) Analyze the sociological theories presented in this unit.
2) Select five theories that you feel would benefit your community. Rank them in order of most effective to least effective. Describe how the theories could be applied to criminal behavior in your community.
3) Take the theory that you believe would benefit your community most effectively and find four sources you can use to look at both sides of the issue, two supporting your choice and two not supporting your choice. Analyze and argue both sides of the theory selected.
Your paper must be at least two pages in length. All parts of your essay should be composed in one, cohesive paper with an introduction and conclusion. Your essay must be formatted in APA style. A minimum of four academically accepted resources must be used to support your analyses. Any information from these sources should be cited and referenced in APA format. You only need one reference page for all sections; include the references for all sections on that page(s). The Criminal Justice and Nexis Uni Databases in an Online Library are excellent sources for material on these issues.
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