Relationship Between Criminology and Sociology
Overview In this assignment, you will choose and define a crime, describe the type and classification of offender who commits this type of crime, and describe how aspects of sociology can be applied to the offender and the crime committed. Prompt In Module One, you learned about types of crime, as well as types and classifications of offenders. In this module, you learned how aspects of sociology can be used to understand crime and explain what factors may lead to crime. You will now apply this knowledge to describe a crime, the offender, and how sociology may relate to the crime being committed. This application of knowledge will help you prepare for the submission of Project One in Module Five. First, review the Project One Guidelines and Rubric. Choose one crime from this list of crimes that are present in the Project One scenario: Organized crime Motor vehicle theft Selling/distributing narcotics Selling illegal weapons Murder Theft Dog fighting Burglary Illegal gambling Identify the crime type for the crime you chose. What is the crime type as defined by the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS)? Describe which classifications of offenders might commit this type of crime. Which classification would the offender most likely match? Why (or how) might more than one classification be a possibility? Describe how this type of crime may be explained by aspects of sociology. How might this type of crime be connected to sociological theories (e.g. routine activity theory, social disorganization theory, or structural strain theory)? Specifically, the following rubric criteria must be addressed: Identify the type of crime. Describe which classifications of offenders might commit this type of crime. Describe how this type of crime may be explained by aspects of sociology.

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