IntroductionIn this Ethics course, students have been exploring a social justice issue/topic that is related to criminal justice. As you know, everyone joined one of the following social justice groups:
Behavioral Health (e.g., drug use, mental health)
Gender and Sexual Orientation Inequality
Socioeconomic Inequality (e.g., poverty, homelessness, unemployment, and lack of education and other social supports)
As part of the exploration process, you participated in several “Paper Prep” Discussions. In these Social Justice Group Discussions, you and your peers:
Identified and described an ethical theory,
Applied your ethical theory,
Evaluated your ethical theory, and
Drafted a Thesis Statement
You also submitted a bibliography – a list of potential sources you may cite and reference in this final paper.
Our assignments and activities have led us to this point – the Formal Paper! This is where you demonstrate your ability to bring together all the threads of learning from each course module – ethical theory, criminal justice, and social justice. 🙂
Purpose of this AssignmentThe purpose of this paper is to achieve the following course learning objectives:
Identify, describe, and apply the foundations of ethics and morality.
Explore the intersection of ethics in criminal justice with the broader scope of social justice.
Demonstrate analytical skills and knowledge when examining ethical situations.
Connecting Classroom LearningThis is a High Impact Practice (HIP) Capstone course. As such, our learning is meant to incorporate activities that provide you with deeper, more meaningful learning experiences. High impact teaching practices provide various types of learning opportunities designed to increase rates of student retention and student engagement (See AACU’s High Impact Educational Practices).
The capstone project is designed to provide an integrative learning activity. Simply stated, students will apply what they are learning in the classroom to situations beyond the campus or across disciplines or perspectives.
The AACU (2009) defines “integrative learning” as “an understanding and a disposition that a student builds across the curriculum and cocurriculum, from making simple connections among ideas and experiences to synthesizing and transferring learning to new, complex situations within and beyond the campus” (p. 1).
Paper CriteriaIn this paper, students will describe, apply, and evaluate one ethical theory we learned about in this class to a social justice issue that is related to (intersects with) criminal justice.
Be sure to do the following in the paper:
Introduce the reader to the paper’s topic in the first paragraph, and incorporate a thesis statement (approximately 1/2 page length).
If you need a refresher on how to write a good thesis statement, see this YouTube video by Purdue OWL.
At the end of the introductory paragraph, inform the reader that you will support your claim by ‘describing the social justice topic of _________, describing the ethical theory of _______, applying the ethical theory to the social justice topic, and evaluating the theory as it applies to this social justice problem.’
Identify and describe the social justice issue that is related to (intersects with) criminal justice (approximately 1 page length).
Clearly establish a relationship between the social justice issue and criminal justice, particularly by providing examples.
Identify, define, and describe an ethical theory we learned about in this course that applies to the social justice issue within the context of criminal justice (approximately 1 page length). This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, the following:
Identify the theorist,
Identify and describe the principles/imperatives of the theory, particularly the summum bonum, and
Inform the reader how the theory defines/addresses “justice.”
Apply the ethical theory to the social justice issue (approximately 1 page length).Remember, most ethical theories tell us how society/CJ SHOULD behave. One school addresses how humans WILL behave.
Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the theory in its application to the social justice issue (i.e., evaluate) (approximately 1 page length).The strengths and weaknesses of the theory need to be explicitly applied to the paper’s specific topic.
Then, you may differentiate it from other theories to illustrate how your theory is better.
Conclude by discussing the implications of criminal justice practitioners applying the ethical theory’s principles in the field (approximately 1/2 page length).
Provide evidence throughout the paper from your sources and use citations, when appropriate.
Finding and Citing SourcesYou will find two pages in this module on Finding Articles and Citing and Summarizing an Empirical Article. However, students may find quicker access by using the “Research Guide” and “UCF Library Tools” pages listed at the left of this course.
Additional Paper RequirementsPaper is to be at least 5 pages in lengthSubmissions that are 5 pages in length must be 5 complete pages.Partial pages do not constitute a complete page.
Any submissions that do not meet the basic page-length requirement will not receive full credit. Instructor may/will use her discretion outside the grading rubric.
The paper length does not include title or reference pages. A title or cover page is not required.
An abstract is not required.
A reference page is required.
Use the following section headings to organize your paper:Introduction
Identification and Description of [insert your social justice topic] Related to Criminal Justice
Identification and Description of [insert your single ethical theory from this course]
Application of [insert name of ethical theory] to [insert your social justice topic]
Evaluation of [insert name of ethical theory] as it Applies to [insert your social justice topic]
A minimum of three (3) scholarly sources (i.e., articles from scholarly journals or books) is required.
Additional sources, such as websites, may be used, but they do not count toward the number of required scholarly sources.
One of your sources should be your course text.
Use standard 12-point, Times New Roman font with one-inch margins (all around), and double spacing.
Be sure to include in-text citations and full references using proper APA formatting for all sources.
Review the Grading Rubric attached to this assignment portal.
If you need writing assistance, make a consultation with the University Writing CenterLinks to an external site.. You should schedule an appointment as early as possible.
See the Webcourse for additional assistance in finding articles and citing and summarizing an empirical article.
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