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Theoretical Criminology

Submit a paper identifying the specific theory, from the five listed below, you are choosing to do your Research Paper on and why you chose this area, be specific. 

The research paper due for this course is to pick one of the following theories and explain how it affects criminal behaviors. 

The choices to pick form are (1) Physical Features, (2) Genetics/Family, (3) Intelligence, (4) Neighborhoods/Environment, or (5) Power/Status.  

You are to briefly explain the theory. Then you are to argue in favor of the theory that it does effect criminal behavior and then argue against it effecting criminal behavior using facts to support both sides. You will then pick a side of the argument that you agree with and explain why you agree with that side of the argument. Finally you will give suggestions on how to expand or change the theory.

Remember, you are only identifying the specific theory that you will be conducting your research on and why you selected that specific area. The complete research paper is not due until Unit 6. 

The paper shall be in APA format, typed in 12 font Times New Roman, and shall not have been turned in previously to any other instructor for any other course or assignment.  Paper length is 1-2 pages not to include the cover page or bibliography.  It is to be submitted as a Microsoft Word Document. The research paper shall be an individual effort and not a group project.  Since criminal justice is a social science, the writing requirements of the American Psychological Association, otherwise known as the APA, will be in effect for the research paper assignment.

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