Criminological Topic and the Life-Course
Antisocial behavior reflects elements of both constancy and change as it unfolds across childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. In addition, a variety of biosocial processes occur at various points in the life-course, and these events and processes affect behavioral development.
In the course text and readings from earlier units, you have been presented with theories with which to examine the life-course and biosocial criminology.
For this assignment, you will select an area to focus on relative to life-course and biosocial theories of crime. You will use the same topic for all of the assignments throughout the course. Your topic can be: gender, race, social class, learning theory, self-control, strain theory, social control/bond theory, or another topic from the text.
Discuss the impact of the selected area throughout the lifespan of offenders. Exploring your topic will help you:
Think through the developmental processes that lead to antisocial behavior more thoroughly than you would otherwise.
Develop skills for formulating arguments that favor a particular condition, deficit, process, or cause, which is important in all types of professional and academic writing.
Better understand the life-course and biosocial theories you apply to your topic.
For your topic, identify the characteristics that are consistent with a specific life-course or biosocial theory or concept that has been shown to be linked to antisocial conduct. Describe how study of a selected topic area could potentially improve our understanding of offenders and criminal behavior.Be sure to identify at least one theory by name in your work. Draw on material in the readings and outside sources to support your work. This will allow you to defend your work based on scholarly literature in the field rather than simply personal preferences.
Refer to the assignment scoring guide for the criteria on which your paper will be evaluated.
Turnitin: Submit your work to Turnitin, and include a copy of the report as an attachment in the assignment area.
Font: 12-point Times or Times New Roman, double-spaced.
Writing: Writing should be clear, organized, and free of errors; it should also follow professional standards.
Research: Use at least 6 academic sources; at least 2 of those sources should not be course materials.
Length: Your paper should be 4–6 pages, not including the cover page or references page.
Format: Follow all current APA style and formatting requirements.
Submit your paper and your copy of the Turnitin report as attachments in the assignment area.