In your paper, you should introduce your paper and state your thesis (approximately half a page),
briefly describe the crime (approximately one-and-a-half pages)
and then thoroughly describe the theories, including information about their origins, assumptions, propositions, scope, level of analysis, and basic causal model, specifically as this relates to the crime you are discussing (your description of the theory and analysis of the crime through the lens of that theory should take two-and-a-half to three-and-a-half pages per theoryâ€”five to seven pages total).
Find and utilize at least one scientific journal article for each theory you discuss.
Conclude your paper by stating what challenges, unanswered questions, or future directions you see for the crime and the theories you chose moving forward (approximately one page). Refer to the â€œSuggested Readingsâ€ in the syllabus for academic journals where scientific tests of the theories can be found. You are not limited to these theories, but may not use Wikipedia or similar encyclopedic sources. You may use the Internet for research. You may be requested to attach the articles you use to your final paper.