The midterm paper is a 4-5 page typed double-spaced paper (over 1,000 words). It is due during class on October 26th. Please attach the news article you use to the paper.
The purpose of the midterm paper is to demonstrate familiarity with and the ability to apply at least two of the theories covered in two different chapters of the Lanier and Henry book, and two of the models of justice. You will be graded on the basis of grammar, structuring of the paper, accuracy of your description of the theories and models of justice, and how well you compare and contrast both the theories and the models of justice that correspond with them.
You should select a recent crime event that has been covered in one or more newspaper or magazine articles. Please include a copy of any articles you use. Usually crime events that are at the trial stage prove to have more details and will make it easier to identify two different theories and models to apply. You should then choose 2 crime theories from 2 different chapters of the Lanier and Henry book that will each provide a deeper understanding of the causes of the crime your investigating and the model of justice that should result. Be sure to review the "basic assumptions" section of each chapter to get ideas about which theories to use. The best papers usually have a strong sense of conflict in terms of both theoretical explanations of the crime and appropriate models of justice. One possible way to proceed is to compare the approach taken by the prosecution and that taken by the defense. What theories are they utilizing and what models of justice are they attempting to apply? You might also consider the use of macro level theories and the Social Model if they seem appropriate to the case you’re interested in.
Your paper should have an introduction in which you briefly describe the crime event and the two theories and two models you’re going to use in general terms, and why they’re significant. This is where you can lay out your central conflict and make some kind of thesis statement. Next, you should describe the two theories and apply them to the specifics of your crime event, and then compare and contrast the theories. Next, you should compare and contrast the models of justice that are relevant. Finally, you should have a conclusion that restates the central points of your comparisons, and the implications of your analysis.
Midterm Assignment Guidelines
The goal of the paper is to demonstrate your knowledge of the theories and models and to apply them to a concrete situation. You should treat this as something of a midterm take home exam. Therefore, be sure to adequately define the theories and models you use as part of the paper. Do not assume that the reader knows anything about them.
You do not need a bibliography. However, if you use quotes from either the textbook or newspaper/magazine articles, you must use quotation marks. In addition, quotes from the text, should be followed by the page number in parenthesis. Be sure to attach any articles you rely on for the content of your paper.
Generally the best papers follow the outline provided below. This is not a requirement, but merely helpful advice.
I. Introduction – introduce the case and the models and theories you will be using to analyze it.
II. Background details about the case
III. Define the first theory
IV. Apply the first theory to your case
V. Define the first model
VI. Apply the first model
VII. Define the second theory
VIII. Apply the second theory
IX. Define the second model
X. Apply the second model
XI. Compare and contrast the two different approaches (models and theories)
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