In this assignment, you will present your research topic (development proposal) that you will utilize for the Research Paper as well as the rationale of why the research is needed. The research topic will be in the form of a hypothesis. You will develop your own development proposal based on interests or topical areas highlighted in the course. This must be a maximum of 2 pages (and a minimum of a short paragraph if your concept is well-defined). Your proposal must clearly set forth the question to be examined. The proposal must be submitted on the provided template for instructor approval.

Liberty University Online

CJUS 340

Research Development Proposal Form from Student _______________________________

Type Research Hypothesis Here:

Example “Shaming persons convicted of petit theft will make them less likely to recidivate.”

(Do not write a question like, “Why do people commit crimes?” or “How do serial killers select their victims?”)

Why This Is Important:

Example “There is a position held among certain judges that shaming people will deter them from committing future crimes. For example, we might see a person standing on a street corner holding a sign reading ‘I AM A THIEF.’ It is very likely that they were convicted of shoplifting and sentenced to hold the sign for everyone to see. Accordingly, it is believed that by shaming this person publicly they would be less inclined to commit the same crime again. I believe that this theory is supported by empirical literature.”


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