OverviewIn this practice activity, you will choose a criminological theory you believe explains a particular criminal behavior, and then assess whether the applied theory is ethical or unethical. PromptWhile the intention of criminological theories is to explain why people commit crimes, the results of some theories when applied may lead to unethical outcomes. For example, the theory that genetic testing can help identify people that may be more likely to commit crime may seem like a scientifically logical way to explain behavior (see page 272 in the article, The Return of Lombroso? Ethical Aspects of (Visions of) Preventative Forensic Screening in the Role of Ethics resource section). But how should criminal justice professionals apply that theory? Should every person have genetic testing? Should people whose genetic testing reveals they might be more likely to commit crimes be sent through special programs, or simply removed from society? None of those options would be considered ethical. This is just one example, but it highlights the importance of assessing the outcome of any applied criminological theory to make sure it is ethical and unbiased. Using the provided Module Seven Practice Activity Template, do the following: Choose two criminal behaviors from the list provided in the template. Then, based on what you have learned in your resources, choose the criminological theory from the provided list in the template you believe best explains each criminal behavior. (Please do not use the same theory to explain both criminal behaviors.) Next, in 100 to 150 words for each theory, describe how you believe it explains the criminal behavior. Lastly, in 100 to 150 words, explain how each theory is ethical or unethical. Specifically, the following rubric criteria must be addressed: Identify two criminological theories that best explain specific criminal behavior. Describe how each criminological theory explains the criminal behavior. Explain how each applied criminological theory is ethical or not ethical. Guidelines for SubmissionThis assignment must be completed using the provided template. Any references should be cited in APA style. Consult the Shapiro Library APA Style Guide for more information on citations. Module Seven Practice Activity RubricCriteriaComplete (100%)Not Complete (0%)ValueArticulation of ResponseClearly conveys meaning with correct grammar, sentence structure, and spelling, demonstrating an understanding of audience and purposeSubmission has critical errors in grammar, sentence structure, and spelling, preventing understanding of ideas20Identify TheoriesIdentifies two criminological theories that best explain specific criminal behaviorDoes not identify two criminological theories that best explain specific criminal behavior10Theorys ExplanationDescribes how each criminological theory explains the criminal behaviorDoes not describe how each criminological theory explains the criminal behavior30Ethical or Not EthicalExplains how each criminological theory is ethical or not ethicalDoes not explain how each criminological theory is ethical or not ethical30Citations and AttributionsUses citations for ideas requiring attribution, with consistent minor errorsDoes not use citations for ideas requiring attribution10Total: 100%
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