You will complete a 2,000-word argumentative essay examining: Which perspective is better at explaining BOTH violent and economic crime? The perspectives you are going to look at are – Differential Association Theory (Psychology) and General Strain Theory (Sociology). You will compare and contrast these two theories and their explanations of offending behavior. Your essay must rely on a minimum of fifteen (15) peer-reviewed journal articles. To do this, you will: • Address the concept of vicarious learning o Introduce the assumptions of vicarious learning.
Explain the relationship between learning and punishment. • Introduce and explain both theories and their disciplinary perspectives. o Discuss how vicarious learning and general strain can be applied to this question. o Actively compare and contrast the two theories and their explanations/arguments as to why people engage in crime. o Lastly, you are to provide an argument as to which theory provides a better understanding of this essay question and why (you may also argue in favour of both theories, but you MUST provide an argument as to WHY)