This my very simply ‘research’ project task for summer timetable 2018. I’m experimenting with going back to a very open ended project!
The AQA Sociology specification states that you should be able to cite examples of your own research, hence this summer term research project (which is also useful for introducing theories of crime and deviance.
Select one ‘type’ of crime from the list below and produce a 1500 -2000 word report applying perspectives and incorporating some independent research exploring how and why this crime occurs.
Examples of crimes you might look at
Section 1: Introduction
Outline what crime you’ve chose to focus on, define it, and provide a few basic statistics to outline the extent of it.
Section 2: Theoretical context
Summarise how conflict, consensus and action theories would explain this crime. Use the following links or your main text books as necessary:
- Consensus Theories of Crime: An Introduction
- The Marxist Perspective on Crime
- The Labelling Theory of Crime.
Section 3: Research summary
Find at least three (ideally more) pieces of contemporary (last 10 years) independent research conducted on this crime – this might be by official government sources, or specialist criminologists.
Summarise these pieces of research and use them to evaluate the above perspectives (which are supported, which are not.)
Section 4: Methods section (optional)
If you find there are significant gaps in your knowledge not covered by available literature, outline what research methods you might employ to find out more.
Timing: you have until the end of summer term timetable to hand in a 1500-2000 word research project.