Both Edwin Sutherland and Ronald Akers argue that an individual’s views on criminal behavior are primarily influenced by close friends and family. “Virtual groups,” like mass media, video games and the Internet, can have a secondary influence.

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Both Edwin Sutherland and Ronald Akers argue that an individual’s views on criminal behavior are primarily influenced by close friends and family. “Virtual groups,” like mass media, video games and the Internet, can have a secondary influence. Do you think that Sutherland and Akers underestimate the influence of “virtual groups” in the age of Google? Explain why or why not.

Note: Your reflection should demonstrate a clear understanding of the key principles of social learning theory (such as differential association, differential reinforcement, definitions, operant conditioning, imitation).

Page limit: Points:

1-2 pages; 12-point font, 1-inch margins, double-spaced Include your name and RED ID in the header.

4 points

Grading Rubric

4321

Response demonstrates an in-depth reflection on the theory. Viewpoints are insightful and well supported. Clear, detailed examples of policy implications are provided.

Response indicates a clear understanding of key components of the theory.

Writing is clear, concise and well-organized. No more than three spelling, grammar or syntax errors.

Response demonstrates a general reflection on the theory. Viewpoints are supported. Appropriate examples of policy implications are provided.

Response shows evidence of understanding of key components of the theory.

Writing is mostly clear, concise and well organized. No more than five spelling, grammar, or syntax errors.

Response demonstrates a minimal reflection on the theory. Viewpoints are unsupported or supported with flawed arguments. Examples, of policy implications are not provided or are irrelevant to the assignment.

Response shows little evidence of understanding of key components of the theory.

Writing is unclear and/or disorganized. Thoughts not expressed in a logical manner. More than five spelling, grammar, or syntax errors.

Response demonstrates a lack of reflection on the theory. Viewpoints are missing, inappropriate, and/or unsupported. Examples of policy implications are not provided.

Response shows no evidence of understanding key components of the theory.

Writing is unclear and disorganized. Thoughts ramble and make little sense. Numerous spelling, grammar or syntax errors.

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