TERM PAPER (13 POINTS) will address a criminal/juvenile justice management or leadership issue or problem. Your topic must be pre-approved by the instructor. The paper should be 8 pages in length or 2,000 words. The paper is to be analytical, with an emphasis on integrating the readings and outside sources into a cogent discussion on some relevant issue facing a criminal/juvenile justice organization.
Papers should be formatted according to the American Psychological Association Manual Writing Guidelines which are most comprehensively covered in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 6th. Ed., although condensed and simplified versions of the APA formatting a referencing requirements may be found on-line and in other writing manuals. T in this Term Paper, you will address some ethical topic or dilemma that relates to the material we read in class, or to your future professional work. (An “ethical dilemma” is defined as a moral problem that has at least two apparent resolutions or answers
[or no apparent answer at all], so that no one answer seems obvious.) In this paper, you should at the very outset (in the very first “thesis topic” paragraph) explain clearly to the reader what question you will be trying to answer or what problem you will be trying to resolve, in the course of your paper. And remember—since this is an Ethics class, you must argue for what should be the case, or for how some moral problem or professional dilemma should be resolved.
And to do this successfully, you will need to use ethical theory; i.e., you will need to demonstrate to the reader why the ethical principles that you propose are better than any other principles, for resolving the problem you raise. For this, in turn, it will help to significantly use the theories that we study in the beginning of the course. So it will not be good enough to merely write an empirical paper for this class, that merely explains what is the case, or how some problem or dilemma just happens to be approached nowadays.
(For example, if you write against racial profiling, it will not be good enough merely to document the current situation and then write as if this is “obviously” unjust; rather, you would need to argue exactly why it is morally wrong, and also why such-and-such a solution is morally required or morally preferable Generally speaking, you should spend no more than the first third of your paper, at the most, merely reviewing background material. The middle, or meat, of your paper, should provide an in-depth discussion of the main arguments and information that are involved in the problem you’re tackling That is, this middle part should include the work or arguments or “lit review discussion” that other leading theorists have contributed to your topic. By the last third of your paper, though, it should be clear what new arguments you’re contributing. In other words, an “
A” paper will not be one that merely regurgitates what others have said or merely makes commonsense points; but it will have something original to say. An “A” paper will also do a good job of using and explaining important, relevant arguments that others have made. So you should find at least a few relevant journal articles to dialogue with. (Your best bet here is to use The Philosopher’s Index, or some Law source like Hein Online or Westlaw or LexisNexis, for sources for your journal articles and topics.) On the one hand, then, I want you to interact with other theorists that have written on your topic; but on the other hand, an “A” paper will have something fresh to say, that goes beyond what others have said
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