Assignment 1: Poverty and Crime
In this assignment, you will examine the relationship between poverty and crime.
As you read in the module readings, poverty does not cause crime. Crime does not cause poverty. Drug abuse does not cause crime, nor does crime cause drug abuse. All of these are common misnomers in society based on the media’s presentation of the common criminal, crime rates, and other related factors.
However, in relationship studies, quantitative research has linked a lower socioeconomic status with street crime. That is, researchers have determined that there is a relationship between the two variablesâ€”street crime and low socioeconomic status. Find an article that either supports or refutes the relationship between crime and poverty and explain from the qualitative perspective why the two variables might be related.
By Saturday, June 28, 2014, in a minimum of 250 words, post your responses to the following topics to this Discussion Area:
- Locate a news article that discusses a low-income, high-crime area.
- Briefly describe the situation discussed in your article and then explain how a relationship between income and the crime rate is not the same as income level causing crime.
- Use the information in your article to support your argument.
By Wednesday, July 2, 2014, read all of your classmates’ postings, respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts, and engage in substantive dialogue. Discuss how the findings of your article are similar or different to the findings of their articles. Also, discuss the impact of their research findings.
Discussion Grading Criteria and Rubric
All discussion assignments in this course will be graded using a rubric. This assignment is worth 40 points. Download the discussion rubric and carefully read it to understand the expectations.