PART I: ESSAY
Directions: Respond to the prompt below. Your essay should be at least one page in length.
1. Visit the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention website and browse the site to learn about programs and initiatives supported by OJJDP. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention website can be found at http://www.ojjdp.gov/programs/ProgResults.asp. Some of the programs listed on this website include the Causes and Correlates of Delinquency Program, the National Gang Center, Programs for Tribal Youth, the Safe Start program, and the Truancy Reduction Demonstration Program. Select at least five of the programs or initiatives listed on the OJJDP website and study the underlying philosophy associated with each. Consider the following questions as they relate to each of the five programs or initiatives you selected: (1) Which of these programs appear to be based on social process principles? On social development concepts?; (2) Are there any programs listed on the OJJDP site that seem to be built on assumptions drawn from social structural approaches? If so, which programs? Classify each of the five programs or initiatives according to its theoretical underpinnings.
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:
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.