For Part 2 of the Crime & Theory Research Paper (40 points out of 200 point total) students should have a "start" on all required elements of the paper -- read the Instructions document & Description documents more closely (all attached). There is also a GRADING RUBRIC that outlines where students should focus efforts and where points will be earned.
To be eligible for full points on Part 2, submitted drafts must include at least 500 words of usable text (Note: The final brief must be a minimum of 1200 words, so you'll be almost 1/2 way there with this draft.).
NOTE: "Usable text" does not include (sub)headings, outlined notes, or placeholders in your draft. Meaning: your draft should include several usable paragraphs that address the required elements of your final paper -- particularly those parts described in the attached instructions/description AND reiterated below.
To also be eligible for full points on Part 2, at least 2 empirical research articles, used in the draft, are ALSO ATTACHED -- so, a minimum of 3 files are attached.
To attach an article you must DOWNLOAD it first -- save it -- then UPLOAD the saved pdf or doc along with your draft.... DO NOT INCLUDE A WEBLINK -- this is not sufficient.
These required "Parts" are described again below.
These parts be organized in any order you want and integrated to achieve whatever coherent flow you choose for your paper. The required elements of the paper/project include:
Part A. Short & Sweet: Clearly articulate the Strategy that you are recommending the governor fund and implement (i.e., what actual program or practice -- perhaps one from the CrimeSolutions.gov or similar site -- are you recommending?).
Remember, the strategy must be relevant to real world application (perhaps even has already been used in other settings) and must have some aspects that have been researched - shown to work/be effective, meaning the strategy must have some sort of evidence base -- empirically tested theoretical foundations known or shown to be effective (or promising) at reducing/preventing the focal issue/crime category/type (e.g., part b).
NOTE: For Part E., you must to include evidence and support for your recommended strategy. This should be down through sharing your knowledge of theory (part d) and through paraphrasing (i.e., summarizing) information from at least 2 research publications (one published in 2008 or later) that are related to the strategy, crime, &/or theor(ies) (parts b thru d).
Part B. Short & Sweet, too: Clearly state the focal issue/crime/category of crime/behaviors being addressed by the recommended strategy (i.e., this should tie directly back to part a)
You do not need to delve into the crime/category of crime(s) in further detail. Meaning: there is no need to research or describe any specific crime rates, crime prevalence, or to reiterate lawful definitions of the crime(s) etc... You can just assume the governor already knows all s/he needs to know about the issue.
Again, the strategy you recommended in Part A should be linked, through empirical evidence and theory (parts d and e).
Part C. Here you should be researching & writing usable paragraphs: Beginning draft of the description of basic components & general requirements for the Strategy (part a).
Have some organization to this section for the Part 2 draft -- perhaps an extended outline with (sub)headings for what you're including for this Part C. (red + blue = green).
From the organization of Part C. of this draft, it should be clear to the reader that you've already looked closely at information on the strategy and that you know what you are talking about -- through the use of paraphrasing -- AND that you have a clear plan for what else is coming/needed for the final draft.
In-text citations, preferably APA-style, must be included here. You need to let the reader know from where you are finding the information paraphrased into (what should be at this point) paragraphs which describe the Strategy.
Part D. Here you also should be researching & writing usable paragraphs: Beginning draft outlining the criminological theor(ies) that serve as a foundation of your brief and recommended strategy from Part A. (red + blue = green).
From the organization of Part D. of this draft, it should be clear to the reader that you've utilized course resources (i.e., textbooks, PDFs, class notes) and thought critically about the explanatory power of the theor(ies) in relation to why or how the Strategy "works" to address/reduce/prevent the focal issues/crime category/types (part b), that you know what you are talking about -- through the use of paraphrasing and citations -- AND that you have a clear plan for what else is coming/needed in the final draft.
NOTE: Remember this is a final project in a course about criminological theories. Meaning: don't gloss over details for Part D. -- instead, show your knowledge of theory. Be sure to include pertinent theoretical assumptions, key concepts, definitions, &/or causal processes related to the criminological theor(ies) described here.
Again, the theor(ies) for Part D. should tie directly to the Strategy by offering theoretical explanations for why the intervention or policy you're recommending is or will be effective. Often, the CrimeSolutions site will have a section that offers guidance on what theories informed the practice or program, so, don't try to "recreate the wheel" -- use what experts already provided to you.
In-text citations, preferably APA-style, must be included here. You need to let the reader know from where you are finding the information paraphrased into (what should be at this point) paragraphs that describe the theory.
Part E. Again, information for this required part should be integrated into paragraph format or paraphrased tidbits (perhaps, woven throughout the paragraphs that 'get at' Parts C. or D.): For this draft, you must attach at least 2 empirical research articles that you've also started to integrate the empirical findings into the usable paragraphs that tie directly into Parts A.- D. (red + blue = green).
For this Part 2 draft, you should have some usable, paraphrased facts and findings (with citations) from these studies. These should show the readings that you've reviewed the literature and ensured the chosen studies "fit" your project, overall.
NOTE: At least 2 articles are required (up to 4 is plenty!) and 1 of the articles must be from 2008 or sooner.
(Sub)headings and an extended outline format of where/when you plan to integrate more evidence (i.e., information) from the required articles is also suggested for the draft of Part E.
In-text citations, preferably APA-style, must be included for Part E. You need to let the reader know from which article the paraphrased information came.