Choose a scholarly article in your specialization/concentration in Criminal Justice (my concentration is, Homeland Security Administration).

Identify two key theories in the article chosen.

Identify the theorist(s) and sources of the theories (key articles or books) in your discipline.

Describe the basic tenets of these theories.

Analyze and assess the relationship between the two theories you have found.

Explain why these theories are so important to your discipline and how they relate to the research you are interested in doing.

Include a reference list for the five "classics" or influential works you have found.

Complete an introduction (use the Introduction Checklist criteria...see checklist below), purpose statement, problem/issue, and viable research questions.

There should be a complete distinction between the first section, which is theory based, and the second section, which is constructing the beginning of your final project (introduction, purpose statement, etc.).

Introduction Checklist---

Is the opening sentence engaging and does it encourage the reader to continue reading?

Is a problem or issue identified that leads to the need for this study?

Is the problem framed in a way that is consistent with the approach to research?

Does the introduction refer to groups of studies to justify the importance of the problem?

Are the citations to recent literature (within the past 10 years)?

Are specific deficiencies in past studies identified?

Does the introduction explain how the study will address these deficiencies?

Are reasons provided that indicate the significance of the study for audiences?

Is the introduction limited to about two pages?

Is the introduction well written and easy to read?

Writing Requirements (APA format):

4-5 pages (approx. 300 words per page), not including title page or references page
1-inch margins
Double spaced
12-point Times New Roman font
Title page with topic and name of student
References page (minimum of 2 scholarly academic resources)

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While the political science and security studies literature abounds with inquiries into the subject of homeland security, the role of institutions and administrative management associated with it has only seen a growing interest from scholars in the last several decades. A study conducted by Burruss et al (2010, 77) employed the hypotheses of contingency theory, institutional theory, and resource dependence theory to identify the ways in which institutional mechanisms can be used to influence homeland security readiness among law enforcement agencies in the state of Illinois. The former two theories proved to be of particular importance to the study, as the authors found a strong correlation between administrative pressure regarding homeland security and actionable results of agencies that are the subject of such coercion. More specifically, Burruss et al (2010, ibid.) deduced that analyzing homeland security preparedness through the theoretical lens of institution theory may offer substantial insights into the phenomenon in question....

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