Assignment 1–Applying Theory to Behavior
After watching Wall Street, which of the three theories – Differential Association, Social Learning (also included‘Neutralization Techniques’, pgs. 103-105), or Strain – do you find most applicable to the demise of Charlie Sheen’s character Bud Fox? In a 3-5 page paper (double-spaced), make a cogent argument explaining the rationale for your preferred theory and why the other two theories fall short. My suggestion is you spend about the first two-thirds of the paper making your argument for your preferred theory and follow that up with a critique of the other two theories by being very specific. Note: the paper should be written in a way that assumes the reader has never watched the film nor is cognizant of any of the criminological theories covered in class.
If you are confused at what “insider trading” is at all, this website should clarify it for you: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insider_trading
Use APA format for citing references. The last page of your document should be the reference list (labeled Reference List) and is not considered part of the 3-5 page requirement. Do not include a cover page, please.
- Your reference list should only consist of the textbook and the film. Wikipedia is not an academic source.