ASSIGNMENT TITLE: Case Study 1
This assignment covers all of the learning objectives of this course.
1. The meaning of crime prevention
2. The major theories associated with crime prevention
3. How crime prevention strategies are used to prevent various street and retail offenses
5. Contemporary issues and challenges related to crime prevention
Description & Purpose
In this assignment, you will analyze case studies that outline real issues faced by those tasked with preventing and reducing crime in communities. This assignment will hone students’ critical thinking and analysis skills. In addition, I will be able to assess your writing skills and your use of APA requirements.
Students need to complete the following steps:
1. Download the case study document
2. Read the requirements for the assignment (“Guidelines for Case Study Analysis”)
3. Choose one of the case studies to assess for this assignment
4. Read the case study and take good notes for the sections required in the report.
5. Fill in the assessment using the template
6. Read over your document for grammar, spelling, and APA corrections
7. Turn it in by the due date
See the rubric attached.
Materials and Technology Needed
1. This document
2. The Guidelines for Case Study Analysis (below)
3. The Case Study document (https://cops.usdoj.gov/RIC/Publications/cops-w0605-pub.pdf
4. The role of the community in Crime Prevention https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/245408.pdf
5. Crime prevention theories
6. APA guidelines
GUIDELINES FOR WRITING A CASE STUDY ANALYSIS
A case study analysis requires you to investigate a problem, examine the alternative solutions, and propose the most effective solution using supporting evidence.
Preparing the Case
Before you begin writing, follow these guidelines to help you prepare and understand the case study:
1. Read and examine the case thoroughly
• Take notes, highlight relevant facts, underline key problems.
2. Focus your analysis
• Identify two to five key problems
• Why do they exist?
• How do they impact the organization?
• Who is responsible for them?
3. Uncover possible solutions
4. Select the best solution
• Consider strong supporting evidence, pros, and cons: is this solution realistic?
Drafting the Case
Once you have gathered the necessary information, a draft of your analysis should include these sections:
• Identify the key problems and issues in the case study.
• Formulate and include a thesis statement, summarizing the outcome of your analysis in 1–2 sentences.
• Set the scene: background information, relevant facts, and the most important issues.
• Demonstrate that you have researched the problems in this case study.
• What were the alternatives considered? If the case study does not consider alternatives, then you should consider the alternatives.
• Explain why alternatives were rejected either by the case study or you?
• Why is the alternative not possible at this time?
4. Proposed Solution
In this section, you want to talk about the solution proposed or devised to address the problem in the case study. Which crime prevention theory do you believe was followed? What is your evidence? Do you believe this was the best solution?
If a solution was not proposed, then you should propose one based on one of the theories of crime prevention. Decide which theory you want to use, outline the theory, and then state why this is a good solution. Support this solution with solid evidence from your readings.
• Determine and discuss specific strategies for accomplishing the proposed solution.
• If applicable, recommend further action to resolve some of the issues
• What should be done and who should do it (what level of government is involved i.e. local, state, or federal?)
Finalizing the Case
After you have composed the first draft of your case study analysis, read through it to check for any gaps or inconsistencies in content or structure:
Is your thesis statement clear and direct?
Have you provided solid evidence?
Is any component from the analysis missing?
When you make the necessary revisions, proofread and edit your analysis before submitting the final draft. (Refer to Proofreading and Editing Strategies to guide you at this stage.)
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