Women in criminal justice
• Incorporate a minimum of six (6) references from the assigned readings to support your position. However, you may opt to use up to three (3) sources not from the readings toward the required six (6) references. Those additional sources may be from any contemporary media including but not limited to blogs, newspaper articles, documentaries, YouTube videos or academic research papers directly related to selected topic. Feel free to make reference to any other course materials (including videos) provided you satisfy the minimum specified references. Your references and/or outside research should be directly applicable to the position you are advancing.
• The goal of this project is that you leave this course with a strong voice about our criminal justice system. You may forget the specifics from the examinations and your readings after the end of the semester but you will hopefully carry your reaction in your head because it is personal to you. This will forever give you the framework to critically evaluate your own thesis (on this one topic) as you learn new or conflicting information in other courses or later in life.
• Carefully consider your word choice to convey the precise meaning you intend. Why? I want you to leave this course able to express your reaction to our criminal justice system in an articulate manner befitting your place in this world as an educated person.
• In general, avoid resorting to the use of “I” or “me” or “my” to stake out your position in the paper. Why not? You are staking out a position (even though personal to you) based on your studies. You weaken the voice of a traditional academic paper by using the personal voice. If you have any difficulty then write the sentence using “I” or “me” or “my” and in your later revisions just delete those words and with minor modifications you will discover how much more powerful your paper reads. The delivery of a message is oftentimes as important as the content. You may disregard this advice if necessary in the advancement of your thesis.
• Make the connections between your examples (textbook and/or outside sources) and with your thesis. Do not expect the audience to do it for you. Explain how all of the various information you are weaving in support of your position fit together to make your point(s).
• Review the general rubric for guidance to maximize scoring.