Discussion Week 3

Discussion: Applying Theory to Criminal Justice Events

Criminological theories are systematic explanations for observed phenomena. That is, criminological theories rely upon either research experiments or real-life events to test their validity. In this course, you do not need to conduct full research experiments; but, you do need to conduct basic research and consume research done by others in order to effectively plan, prepare, and act upon real-life criminal justice events in your career. Theories also guide consumers of research in organizing concepts, developing strategies, and interpreting data; things you will utilize in other courses throughout this program of study.

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Prepare for this Discussion by selecting a criminological theory and a particular criminal event or type of crime. Think about how this theory could be used to analyze the criminal event or type of crime.

(PLEASE USE A CURRENT EVENT OR TYPE OF CRIME FROM THE UNITED STATES)

Question 1:

  • Identify the criminological theory and the criminal event/type of crime you selected.
  • Explain how this criminological theory might be used to analyze the criminal event or type of crime you selected.
  • Explain why you think this criminological theory is or is not appropriate for analyzing this criminal event or type of crime.
  • Explain how this theory could be applied in order to prevent the criminal event/type of crime you selected.

Question 2: 

Considering international or domestic terrorism, what theory or theories do you think best explain terrorist behavior? Support your stance for your rationale. 

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Required Readings

Schram, P. J. (2017). Introduction to Criminology. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.
Chapter 8: Social Structure Theories of Crime INote: You should revisit the chapters from the previous module before completing the Discussion. In addition, you can browse other chapters to help you understand criminological theories better.
Time Estimate: 90 minutes

Introduction to Criminology, 2nd Edition, by Schram, P. J. Copyright 2017 by Sage College. Reprinted by permission of Sage College via the Copyright Clearance Center.

McLaughlin, E., & Muncie, J. P. (Eds.). (2013). Sage dictionary of criminology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.
Time Estimate: 60 minutes
Sage dictionary of criminology (Third Ed.), by McLaughlin, E., & Muncie, J. P. Copyright 2013 by Sage Publications Ltd. Reprinted by permission of Sage Publications Ltd., via the Copyright Clearance Center.

Identify the Key Elements or Tenets of a Criminological Theory

Required Readings

Tillyer, M. S., & Eck, J. E. (2011). Getting a handle on crime: A further extension of routine activities theory. Security Journal, 24(2), 179-193. doi:http://dx.doi.org.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/10.1057/sj.2010.2

Laureate Education (Producer). (2018). Personality disorders [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author

Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 8 minutes.
Accessible player –Downloads–Download Video w/CCDownload AudioDownload TranscriptCredit: Provided courtesy of the Laureate International Network of Universities.

Laureate Education (Producer). (2018). Origins of criminal behavior: Psychological factors [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author

Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 5 minutes.
Accessible player –Downloads–Download Video w/CCDownload AudioDownload TranscriptCredit: Provided courtesy of the Laureate International Network of Universities.

Apply a Criminological Theory to a Crime/Criminal

Required Readings

Smith, T. R., Langenbacher, M., Kudlac, C., & Fera, A. G. (2013). Deviant reactions to the college pressure cooker: A test of general strain theory on undergraduate students in the united states. International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences, 8(2), 88-104. Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/docview/1459136268?accountid=14872

Evaluate a Criminological Theory and Apply it to Crime Prevention

Required Media

Stockholm Symposium. (2015, Jun 24). Routine activities, transit crime, and situational crime prevention [Video file]. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3uoBZRjkz8
Time Estimate: 92 minutes

Center for Problem-Oriented Policing. (n.d.). A theory of crime problems. Retrieved from: http://www.popcenter.org/learning/PAM/help/theory.cfm
Time Estimate: 15 minutes