Analytic Research Paper (20% of final grade)
Students are required to write a 5-8 PAGE critical research paper to discuss the social construction of race in a high-profile criminal case. This assignment is designed to assess your knowledge and application of Learning Goals 1-5 for this course. See Appendix for criteria used to assess analytic research papers. What follows is the schedule for the analytic research paper:
- Students should use appropriate newspaper articles and at least TWO peer-reviewed research articles to track and document the language, images, and narratives about the case that REIFY race and criminology as intertwining concepts. Television shows are not appropriate research options.
- Students are required to use one or more of the theories discussed in class. Explain the relationship between race and crime, as illustrated by this case.
- Students must analyze a particular aspect of the case, such as sentencing, policing, courts, victimization, and/or corrections, where race and crime are intertwined.
- Students are required to fully integrate one or more of the concepts/ideas raised by Michelle Alexander in The New Jim Crow into their analysis/discussion of the case. This must involve more than a superficial mentioning of the research in this monograph.
- Students should take great care when offering individual-level explanations for criminal behavior unless they can document a pattern of behavior that illustrates that the criminal motive is race related—as is the case in some hate crimes.
- A separate reference page, in APA format, is required for this paper.
- These papers must be submitted through “Turnitin.” See details below.
- The following cases MAY NOT be used by students as topics for their final paper: Central Park Jogger; OJ Simpson; Michael Brown