Application and Analysis Paper Description


You will be working in teams of two students to do this assignment. The assignment involves finding current (written this term) news articles about law, crime, or corrections in newspapers or journals. It will be particularly impressive if you use at least one newspaper or journal article from another country. Many of these are available on the Internet, such as The Irish Times and The London Times (through Lexis-Nexis on the library web page). Your team will do six different articles with a total of six different types of issues. For each entry, write one paragraph of summary of the article and one paragraph of analysis, applying criminological theories from your textbook or from class. In the third paragraph, give your opinion about the issue. The entries should be typed and single-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 size font––approximate length of each entry (summary, analysis, and opinion) is one page. Your audience will be other students at the University of La Verne who have not taken this course, so you will need to briefly define terms and explain theories, in detail. For each entry, give a link to the article, so I will be able to read the article. Entries without a source will not be counted in your grade. Your team will do a fifteen minute PowerPoint presentation of all six of your articles along with the criminological analysis of each criminal incident. 

Grading Criteria for Applicaation and Analysis Paper:

1. Summary paragraph: An excellent paper will include a variety of crimes from a variety of sources. The summary should be complete, concise, and well-written. 

2. Analysis paragraph: An excellent paper will include a variety of theories from class and will correctly apply them to explain the implications for the issue. You may use theories not yet covered in class by looking ahead in your textbook. This paragraph also needs to be clear, concise, and well-written.

3. Opinion paragraph: What policies would prevent the type of crime? Do the theories adequately explain the crime? 

3. PowerPoint presentation: An excellent presentation will consist of a ten-to-fifteen minute presentation of your six cases––summary and analysis of each case to be presented during the last two weeks of the term.

You will be emailing the paper to the professor before the date on the class schedule.


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