Select one criminological theory and evaluate how that theory impacts an individuals decision to commit crime as well as how it assists criminal justice officials in understanding criminal activity.

The paper for this course requires students to select one criminological theory and evaluate how that theory impacts an individuals decision to commit crime as well as how it assists criminal justice officials in understanding criminal activity.
This research paper is broken down into the following three components that will be completed during the course:
1. During Unit III, students will submit an overview of their Research Paper and an Annotated Bibliography.
2. During Unit V, students will submit the section of the Research Paper that discusses the selected criminological theory.
3. During Unit VII, students will submit the Final Research Paper.
More detailed descriptions of each component are provided below. Students will be expected to incorporate any recommended changes to resources in the Annotated Bibliography and suggested changes to criminological theory section based upon the feedback from their instructor into their Final Research Paper.
Part 1: Overview and Annotated Bibliography
Part 1 of the Research Paper includes both an overview of the research project and an Annotated Bibliography. In the overview section, students must identify the criminological theory that will serve as the basis for their research project and briefly describe how that theory explains why individuals decide to commit crimes. The overview section should be no more than two pages in length.
The Annotated Bibliography must include a minimum of six scholarly resources that the student plans to utilize in the Research Paper. Each resource must be formatted per APA (6th ed.) guidelines, include a brief description of the information included in the resource, and why it is relevant to the research paper. Students will be allowed to utilize more scholarly resources in the Final Research Paper as appropriate. The intent of the Annotated Bibliography is to demonstrate that the student is headed in the right direction with his or her research for the paper.
Part 1 of the Research Paper should be approximately four-five pages in length (a two page overview and two-three page Annotated Bibliography), not counting the cover and reference pages. Please review the general guidelines for papers to obtain a description of other formatting requirements.
Information about accessing the Blackboard Grading Rubric for this assignment is provided below.
Part 2: Criminological Theory
Part 2 of the Research Paper includes the section focused upon the selected criminological theory. In this section, students will (1) discuss the foundations and principles of the theory, (2) compare and contrast the theory to at least two other criminological theories, and (3) discuss why this theory was selected to explain why an individual decides to commit crime as well as how the theory assists criminal justice professionals in understanding criminal activity.
Please note that students are only explaining why the theory was selected in the last part of this section. A full discussion on the topics highlighted in item three (3) above shows what will be included in the final paper.
In addition to the textbook, students must incorporate at least four additional scholarly resources as part of their discussion about the selected criminological theory.
Part 2 of the Research Paper should be five-seven pages in length, not counting the cover and reference pages. Please review the general guidelines for papers to obtain a description of other formatting requirements.
Information about accessing the Blackboard Grading Rubric for this assignment is provided below.
Final Research Paper
During Unit VII, students will submit the Final Research Paper. The Final Research Paper will consist of the following components: (1) overview section submitted during Unit III; (2) criminological theory section submitted during Unit V; and (3) evaluation of how the selected theory impacts an individuals decision to commit crime and how it assists criminal justice professionals in understanding criminal activity. Information presented in each section should be supported with scholarly resources.
Sections of the Final Research Paper that were previously submitted in Units III and V must be included:
Unit III Annotated Bibliography
Unit V Criminological Theory
Unit III and Unit V must include any updates that were recommended by the course instructor through his or her feedback. The final section of the paper (Section 3: Evaluation) will be created and submitted with the final draft.
While the level of detail in each section of the Research Paper will vary, it is anticipated that Section 3 will be approximately three-five pages in length. This should result in a Final Research Paper (Parts 1, 2, and 3) that is 1014 pages in length, not counting the cover and reference pages. Please review the general guidelines for papers to obtain a description of other formatting requirements.
General Guidelines for Papers
The following guidelines must be adhered to for the research papers:
A 12-point Times New Roman font must be used in the paper.
Double-spacing must be used throughout the paper.
Page margins must be 1 on each side of the paper (top, bottom, left and right sides).
A cover and reference page must be included. The cover and reference pages must appear on separate pages from the rest of the paper and do not count towards any minimum page length requirements.
All sources utilized to create the paper must be cited and included in the reference list. APA (6th edition) guidelines for citations and reference listings must be followed.
Unless otherwise specified, all papers must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document saved as either a .doc or .docx file. No other formats will be accepted
Only scholarly resources should be used. Sites such as Wikipedia, blogs, or other resources where information has not been peer-reviewed must not be used. If you have questions regarding whether a resource is acceptable, please ask your instructor before using that resource.
Do not include an abstract.
Direct quotes should be used sparingly, if at all. The intent of scholarly writing is to demonstrate the ability to comprehend, interpret, and analyze information. Direct quotes do not demonstrate these skills; therefore they should only be used when the true meaning of the original author cannot be appropriately expressed otherwise.