Posted: March 24th, 2015
This essay has two equally weighted parts:
Part A: application of criminological theories to a criminal event
Part B: critical analysis of a criminological theory.
Part A: You are required to find a newspaper article published in The Age or The Australian
reporting on a criminal event. The article must not be a summary of a previous criminal event. Use
the Factiva database in the Swinburne library to find a link to your article and include this in your
essay (there is a tutorial on how to use Factiva within the Assessment 2 information in the unit
You will summarise the criminal event and explain the causes of the incident using three
criminological theories of your choice. There is one caveat: the theories must span the range of
theories discussed throughout the semester (i.e. all three theories cannot be sociological in
nature). Be sure to include the principle tenets of each theory as they relate to the criminal event.
Part B: Critically analyse one criminological theory (not used in Part A). Find one journal article
that supports your theory and one that does not support your theory – you must use only a peerreviewed
journal article such as Criminology, Criminology and Public Policy, Justice Quarterly, or
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