As the culminating assignment for the course, you are being asked to Create Your Own Paper (CYOP). Specifically, this paper asks you to identify a theoretical framework learned in the course and apply it to a movie of your choosing that depicts criminal/deviant behavior. That is, you are to select a theory and use that theory to explain, interpret, and/or analyze the criminal and/or deviant behavior observed in the movie. When developing your paper, please present and support a thesis regarding the strengths/weaknesses of your chosen theory’s ability to analyze the movie’s elements.
CYOPs should include the following sections (or versions of, at minimum):
Introduction: present your theory, include a thesis statement, and provide a roadmap for discussion.
Theory: present and describe your theory’s assumptions, tenets, concepts, variables, and relationships.
Movie: discuss the plot of the movie and the observed criminal/ deviant behavior in the film.
Connections: illustrate how the theory explains the criminal and/or deviant behavior in the movie.
Conclusion: summarize arguments for how the theory explains the film’s criminal/ deviant behavior.
Final (not checkpoints, see below) Papers are worth 70 points and are due last week of the course. They must be roughly 1,500-2,000 words (approximately 5 double-spaced pages) in length, not including front-end material (i.e. title page) or referencing. To support arguments being made, final papers must include at least 5 peer-reviewed/scholarly citations/sources. Submitted work must be in APA formatting, typed with: 12-point Times New Roman font, double spaced, 1 inch margins, page numbers, and APA structure. As always, your work should be well-structured, comprehensive in nature, include citations/proper referencing, and free of major spelling/grammatical issues.
When drafting your CYOP, please review the checklist below to ensure key elements are included:
I have a Title page with the title of my paper, my name, and date on it.
My paper is typed using Times New Roman 12-point font,
My paper has one-inch margins,
My paper is double-spaced.
My paper (not including the title page) is a minimum of 5 pages in length.
I have an introductory paragraph that introduces the theory being applied and chosen movie/media
My introductory paragraph ends with a thesis statement.
I have described the assumptions, tenets, concepts, variables, and relationships of the theory.
I have discussed the plot of the movie.
I have discussed the criminal and/or deviant behaviors observed in the movie.
I have illustrated how the theory explains the criminal and/or deviant behavior observed in the movie.
I have a concluding paragraph that summarizes the arguments I have made.
I have a reference page and have appropriately cited all work in my paper using APA format.
My paper is well-written and has been spell-checked and proof-read.
To help facilitate your CYOP, there will be 3 “checkpoint” assignments (i.e. topic selection, literature review, outline, rough draft, etc.) at 10 points each scheduled throughout the course. Given this, the sub-assignments will total 30 points while the CYOP will be worth 70 points (100 total points). Checkpoint assignments include and are due:
Checkpoint #1 – Theory and Movie Selection:Due during Lesson/Week 4
Checkpoint #2 – Literature Review and Connections: Due during Lesson/Week 8
Checkpoint #3 – Outline/Rough Draft: Due during Lesson/Week 12