BCJ2501 all units assignments - May 2018

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Unit 1 Assessment

Question 1 Compare and contrast the classical and neoclassical schools of criminology. Do you believe that one school of criminology is more relevant than the other? Explain your answer.

Your response must be at least 200 words in length,

Question 2 What is the purpose of the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) and the Uniform Crime Report (UCR), and how are they used?

Your response must be at least 200 words in length,

Unit II Scholarly Activity

In this unit, we looked at the biological theories of crime. For this scholarly activity, you will explain four theories of crime from Chapters 3 and 4. Some of the biological theories focus on internal factors, such as low blood sugar, hormonal differences, and atavistic features.

In your explanation of each theory, include responses to the following items:

• Explain the basic concepts of the theory.

• How is the theory related to crime?

• Do you personally feel that the theory is acceptable as a potential reason for crime? Explain your answer.

• Is there research to substantiate this theory?

In accordance with APA style, format your scholarly activity with level one headings for each theory, and then answer the questions pertaining to that theory.

Your scholarly activity (a combination of all four theories) must be two pages in length, not counting the title and reference pages. You are required to use at least one outside source; however, you may need to use more in order to successfully complete this assignment. All sources used, including the textbook, must be cited and referenced.

Unit III Research Paper

As we have discussed, there are many theories as to why some people commit crimes. The concept of eugenics and the 1927 U.S. Supreme Court case of Buck v. Bell present a particularly unique situation.

Research the 1927 U.S. Supreme Court case of Buck v. Bell. The case involved state-enforced eugenic sterilization for people who were considered feebleminded or otherwise genetically inferior. Write a two-page research paper (not counting the title and reference pages) on your findings. Summarize the case, define the eugenic movement, and discuss its role in this case.

Address the following points within your research paper:

• Define eugenics. What theory or theories of criminology does eugenics relate to?

• What happened to eugenics, particularly to enforced sterilization, in the years following the Supreme Court’s findings in the Buck v. Bell case? What is the current legal status of enforced sterilization in the United States?

• Is the study of genetics (especially heredity) sufficiently predictable to justify using it to make decisions such as those imposed on Carrie Buck? Should genetics be used as the basis for any type of legal decision? Make sure that you support your answers.

You are required to use at least two outside sources for your research paper. All sources used, including the textbook, must be cited and referenced.

Unit IV Scholarly Activity

For this scholarly activity, you will do further research on one of the three projects discussed in your textbook. Please select one of the following: the Chicago Area Project, the Mobilization for Youth, or the War on Poverty.

Within your scholarly activity, include responses to the following points:

• Explain the particular policy you chose and the effect it has had.

•Was it effective in fighting crime, preventing crime, or both?

• From your perspective, what could make this more effective?

• What were the disadvantages to this particular project?

• Explain the policy that influenced this project.

Your scholarly activity must be a minimum of two pages in length, not counting the title and reference pages. You are required to use at least two outside sources; one source must be from the CSU Online Library. All sources used, including the textbook, must be cited and referenced.

Unit V Scholarly Activity

For this scholarly activity, you will explain the link between crime patterns, trends, and theory. Referencing Chapters 7 and 8, you will focus on social criminological theories and their relation to crime rates.

Select two theories (one from Chapter 7 and one from Chapter 8), and include responses to the following points in your scholarly activity:

• Explain the theories (one to two paragraphs for each theory). In your explanation, include how these would either raise or lower the crime rate and your rationale as to why.

• Explain how peer groups, families, and social organizations positively or negatively affect your theory.

• Explain your thoughts on the theories as far as their applicability to explain crime. Do you think these are relevant? Why, or why not? Is there anything missing that would make them explain crime better?

Your scholarly activity must be a minimum of two pages in length. Outside sources are not a requirement; however, if you choose to use outside sources, they must be cited and referenced.

Unit VI Scholarly Activity

For this scholarly activity, you will do further research on patterns of offenses and victimization. Research the crime rates in both your local area and in the nation.

Include responses to the following points in your scholarly activity:

1. Research the murder and aggravated assault data for the past four years. Find national data as well as data in your current city or town (or nearest metropolitan area).

2. Explain the national and local rates. Have they gone up or down? How do they compare? Do you see trends? To what do you attribute the differences?

3. Explain the terminology/definition of each crime. How do they differ?

4. Describe the characteristics of the crime, the offenders, the victims, and the event (location, weapon, and when it occurred).

5. What are the differences in arrest and clearance rates?

6. After learning more about these crimes, pick a theory from an earlier unit, and use it to explain the possible reasons people commit these crimes in your area.

Your scholarly activity must be a minimum of two pages in length, not counting the title and reference pages. You are required to use at least two outside sources; one source must be from the CSU Online Library. All sources used, including the textbook, must be cited and referenced.

Unit VII Scholarly Activity

This scholarly activity will include further research on white-collar crime. Visit the site below, and explore the different components of white-collar crime:

Federal Bureau of Investigation. (n.d.). What we investigate: White-collar crime. Retrieved from https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/white-collar-crime

Then, include the following points in your scholarly activity:

• different types of crime that are categorized as white-collar,

• the victims of these crimes, and

• the reasons why you believe it is difficult to enforce these laws.

Your scholarly activity must be a minimum of two pages in length (not including the title and reference pages). All sources used, including the referenced website for this activity, must be cited and referenced using the appropriate APA format.

Unit VIII Case Study

Log into the myCSU Student Portal, and navigate to the Criminal Justice database within the CSU Online Library in order to access the resource below:

Glassberg, J. (2015). The ransomware threat. Law Enforcement Technology, 42(9), 33-35.

Then, write a case study that answers the following questions

• What was the problem? What were the effects of the problem?

• What is the profile of the hacker?

• What can be done to protect against the threat?

• What should be done if a computer is infected with ransomware?

• What type(s) of cybercrime was/were involved in this article? Does the identified offender fit the characteristics for this type of cybercrime?

Your assignment should be a minimum of two pages in length, not counting the title and reference pages, and you should use APA formatting. In addition, any references used should be properly cited.

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