CCJ221 Introduction to Criminology-Violent Criminal Behavior



What theory do you think best explains violent criminal behavior and why? What theory do you think best explains non- violent criminal behavior and why? If you don’t think, based on the readings, that one theory explains these behaviors better than others, explain your reasoning.

Format Directions: 

This is a discussion question so no special format is required. Complete in 1-2 paragraphs. Don’t forget to cite sources using in text citation as well.


This week, you learned about the importance of theory, the various theoretical perspectives and the ways in which theory help guide research in regards to crime and criminal behavior.
To put this assignment into context, I want you to think about how Lombroso thought one could identify a criminal.  He said that criminals had similar facial features.  If that was the case you would be able to look at someone and know if they were a criminal!  Social theories infer that perhaps it is the social structures around us that encourage criminality. Look around your city- what structures do you think may match up to something you have learned about this week in terms of theory?  These are just two small examples to put this assignment into context for you. The idea is to learn about the theories, then critically think about how can one “show” the theory without providing written explanation for their chosen image. 

Directions: With this weeks readings in mind, please do the following: 

1. Choose a theoretical perspective (I.e., biological, psychological sociological)
2. Look through media images (this can be cartoons, magazines, newspapers, internet stories, etc…) and select 10 images that you think depict your chosen theory without written explanation.
3. Provide a one paragraph statement of your theory, what kinds of behavior it explains and how it is depicted through images. Be sure to use resources to support your answer.
4. You will copy and paste your images into a word document, along with your paragraph. You do not need to cite where you got your images, but you do need to cite any information you have in number 3.

Format Directions:

  • Paper must be double spaced, 11 or 12 pt font and 1”margins all around.
  • All APA 7th edition format requirements must be followed (cover page, in text citations, reference page).
  • You must have resources to support your thoughts/opinions/information.  These must be cited both in text as well as at the end of the document. Your paper should not contain direct quotes, sourced material must be paraphrased.

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