You are required to select one of these options, write a short theory paper and prepare 3 to 5 minutes presentation on the topic [Be a Theorist or a Policy Maker] (I will create the short presentation…)
a) Be a Theorist
Read couple of original studies to understand any given theory proposed by a specific scholar (e.g., Merton on Strain, Durkheim on Anomie, Sutherland on Social Disorganization, etc.). Then apply that same theoretical framework studying a specific international/transnational type of crime. So be a theorist and answer questions about current events in specific countries or regions through the lenses of the theoretical framework you selected:
Examples of current events (you can be more specific in your title or select a different transcrime/region):
War crimes in South Sudan or Syria
Gang crime in Central America
Drug Trafficking in Mexico
Environmental Crime in South Africa
Organized crime in Netherlands
Acquisitive crimes in Eastern Europe
Organized crime in Russia
Human trafficking/illegal immigration in Mexico
Gang violence in El Salvador
Crimes against Humanity in Libya
Examples of theories:
Social Networks/Social Opportunity Theory; Social Disorganization; Anomie; Structural Strain; Social Control; Learning Theory; Institutional Anomie Theory; Criminogenic Asymmetries; Opportunity Theories; Rational Choice; Neutralization Techniques (Drift); Labeling Theory; Conflict Theory, etc.
The paper should be approximately 1,000-1,300 words(additional pages for references). Deadlines must be met and late submissions will not be allowed. 3% of the grade will be reduced for each day late. You should present your main findings in approximately 5 minutes. You should prepare power point presentation (5-10 slides).
The paper and presentation should include the following elements:
Discussion of the issue/problem and brief background info
Inclusion of two to three specific questions about current events linked to the general topic
Brief summary of the specific theory selected
Description/summary of the findings from a specific theoretical perspective (link events/developments to theory)
Policy recommendations/implications from a specific theoretical perspective
The idea is to answer questions about current events from a very specific theoretical perspective (one theory, one scholar; be as specific as you can). Be a theorist (select one theorist) and try to answer questions about current events from one (given) perspective.You need to illustrate that you have a very good understanding of the theory and its underlining principles and that you can link the theory to current issues/problems and solutions. In this assignment, you can refer to some specific research and findings but you can also be creative (critical thinking) and bring your own conclusions (as long as they are logical and in line with the theory).
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