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Directions for Assignments for CRIJ 4312
Fall 2021 CRIJ 4312-010
From the Course syllabus:
Analytic Papers: Two analytic papers based on the novels 1984 by George Orwell and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury are required for this class. Directions will be provided separately and formatting and expectations for the papers will be discussed in class. Each paper is worth a maximum of 20% of your semester grade. Late papers: Although your professor discourages late papers, he understands that occasionally events occur that warrant an extension of due dates. Such events include serious personal illness or that of a family member, deaths of family members, serious accidents, etc. Poor planning, last minutes efforts, and the recently popular, ‘I forgot’ or ‘I got my deadlines mixed up’, etc. do not qualify. Request for deadline extensions must be made via email using the student’s TSU email account and must be made prior to the due date unless extraordinary circumstances exist. In all cases, deadline extensions are granted at the sole discretion of the professor. Directions General:
The two papers written for this course must be formatted to APA requirements. Among other things that means you must provide a title page in APA format and a source page in APA format. Sources must be cited in text and must be cited using APA format. All assignments should be written in a narrative (what you may call paragraph) format. Papers are to be double spaced, 12 pt font (12 pt Times New Roman is the preferred font for these assignments) and use standard margins. Bullet points are only appropriate when providing a list and are an exception to my previous sentence regarding double spacing, bulleted sections are to be single spaced; that said, I would really rather you not use them as they are often an artificial support preventing us from expressing ourselves well and some students use them as filler. Assignments are to be uploaded to Canvas with the file name:
yourlastnameCRIJ4312asgn1 or yourlastnameCRIJ4312asgn2 as appropriate.
Assignments must be submitted as Word files; assignments submitted in any other format will be returned for revision (Mac/Apple users please ensure you save your assignment file as a Word [.doc or .docx] file; I cannot [will not] grade Adobe [.pdf] files.
Avoid quotations; quotations are only appropriate when the original author stated the point so perfectly that for you to change a single word would destroy the meaning of the sentence. Such statements are exceedingly rare. You need to paraphrase, or better, use the source to support expression of what you understand the source to mean relevant to the point you are trying to make. Either way, any use of source material must be cited correctly using APA formatting; anytime you use the barest elements of someone else’s idea or information, you must give credit where due. Failure to do so is theft of intellectual property; that is, plagiarism. Plagiarism is both theft and fraud; theft in that you stole someone else’s ideas and fraud in that you are attempting to pass those ideas as your own. If you must quote, and there are rare occasions where quoting is appropriate, APA standards require that your citation in text contains in addition to the author’s (or authors’) last name(s) and the year of publication, the page number of the quotation. Other use of someone else’s ideas or information requires name and year of publication, only; see the APA manual. Cite at the end of the first sentence where you use the information; not at the end of the paragraph. Please refer to the APA manual or the numerous good web pages that are intended to help with the APA. Purdue Owl has become a standard, but it is not perfect. Using Word to auto-format does not work well. Please don’t just guess or blow off formatting errors will cost you points. If you must copy paste sources into the source list you need to edit them into APA format and the same font you’ve used for the rest of the paper; when I look at a source list and see multiple fonts and formats I reduce my opinion of the author’s level of engagement, attention to detail, and ability.
A quick Google search will likely get you a failing grade. Under no circumstances are you to use any encyclopedia or dictionary as a source, especially Wikipedia. Textbooks may be suitable, but I strongly recommend that you show the textbook to me before using it. In all cases, if in doubt ask me in advance. Waiting to contact me for assistance until the day the assignment is due or the day before reflects badly on you and I will take great pains to point that out to you should you do so.
Papers must be uploaded into Canvas; do not send them via email. Papers submitted via email will be deleted without response. Papers must be in Word format; pdf files or any format other than Word will not be graded.
Orwell’s 1984 and Bradbury’ Fahrenheit 451 are classics of a genre called ‘dystopian novels’ or ‘dystopian science fiction’ although neither novel is really science fiction. Both novels are relevant to a class on criminal justice ethics as both novels deal with the ethics of formal social control; the criminal justice system is the embodiment of formal social control.
Read the books. While reading try to be aware (perhaps take notes) of events that you regard as ethical or unethical in nature; for example, events involving loyalty, obedience to orders, obedience to unethical laws, honesty, basic rights, etc. Choosing a category of ethics, for example loyalty, obedience, honesty, or etc. as an overall theme for your paper, in an essay discuss the author’s treatment of your chosen theme with emphasis on your reactions to the author’s treatment of the theme. It would be best to do so within the context a specific incident or incidents portrayed in the books. The theme or themes chosen must be clearly related to ethics as presented in this class and you must make the relationship clear in your essay. If in doubt ask me, either during class or office hours. Response may require more than can be provided via email.
How long should these papers be? Some students, when asking that question are actually asking, “What is the minimum amount of work I can get by with?” Many professors give a minimum number of pages or words and that is what they usually get in return. Working to the minimum is not learning. Working from the assumption that you are here to learn, the number of pages or the number of words depends on your writing skill and your approach to the topic. That said, your professor prefers you not exceed four pages/750 words; these are, after all, essays and essays are by definition to the point. Do not summarize the books; I am already familiar with their plots. Please do not write a high school book report (“I liked this book. I think everyone should read this book because it is a good book”). Rather, stick to an ethically based analysis as related to specific events and present your analysis in terms of what those events meant to you in terms of your chosen ethics based theme. Please no filler in any form (that is, material that you fail to make clearly relevant to your point or points) and you need to stay away from unsupported opinion; don’t just state it; explain it. Please do not be repetitive. Please remember that I am here to help, but must be asked and asked in a timely manner. Contacting me the day before or the day the paper is due will doubtless not allow sufficient time for you to do passing work.
Basic writing skills; grammar, spelling, word usage, organization (20).
Quality and application of source material to support points (20).
Conformance to APA requirements including title page, in-text citations, and source list (10).
Clarity and completeness of discussion including coherence, logic, and strength of argument, overall (50).