- Positive Criminology
- Social Structure Theory
The discussion assignment provides a forum for discussing relevant topics for this week on the basis of the course competencies covered.
For this assignment, make sure you post your initial response to the Discussion Area by the due date assigned.
To support your work, use your course and text readings and also use the South University Online Library. As in all assignments, cite your sources in your work and provide references for the citations in APA format.
Start reviewing and responding to the postings of your classmates as early in the week as possible. Respond to at least two of your classmatesâ€™ initial postings. Participate in the discussion by asking a question, providing a statement of clarification, providing a point of view with a rationale, challenging an aspect of the discussion, or indicating a relationship between two or more lines of reasoning in the discussion. Cite sources in your responses to other classmates. Complete your participation for this assignment by the end of the week.
This weekâ€™s discussion will examine the impact of oneâ€™s local environment on behavior. Considering what is presented in the readings, answer the following questions:
- What impact does an individualâ€™s environment and/or genetics have on the individualâ€™s ability to make a free choice not to commit criminal acts? Support your response with research.
- What five environmental stressors most impact crime in a community and those who inhabit it? Why?
- How can local leaders address the stressors you identified?
- What environmental factor do you think has the greatest impact on the differences in behavior among youth sharing the same social group, age, and neighborhood?