A final paper with a minimum of 1000 words will be required at the completion of this course. The topic of the paper can be anything discussed during the course.
Examples of paper topics are:
- Discussing Miranda v. Arizona
- Constitutionality of search and seizure
- Forensic Evidence
The text must be cited a minimum of four (4) times in your paper as well as at least one outside source. Wikipedia is not a valid source for a scholarly paper due to a lack of verified information. Your topic must be approved prior to the completion of the paper. Topics will be due for approval by week #2. You are to submit your choice of topics by the end of week #2. Papers are to follow APA requirements.
The assignments shall require that you conduct a more detailed analysis of a subject area than what is covered in our text. The assignments must be original work conducted by the student. Plagiarism or abuse of research will not be tolerated and shall result in reporting to the university and a failing grade. Guidelines for acceptable research methods are noted in the rules and regulations of Indiana Tech. Three topical papers will be assigned during the course and shall be graded in accordance with the guideline for the assignment. The topical paper is worth 200 points.
The class projects are designed to aid you in critically thinking about a variety of criminal justice topics and to get you engaged in the problem-solving process. They will be utilized in class to stimulate discussion and to prompt any questions you may have about the criminal justice system. The class projects are to be word-processed, size 12 font, double spaced with one-inch margins around the page (default), using the Times New Roman letter style. Your responses should be thorough and scholarly. Avoid jargon and street language as you are completing each of the responses to these questions. For instance, “cop” is generally unacceptable, “police officer” is preferred. A person may be “mentally ill” or “legally insane,” not “nuts.
Papers shall be written in the APA style and be 1000+ words in length. They shall reference the text formally at least four times. A word count shall be included at the end of the paper and a reference section will also be included by the student. Remember this is not a book report. This is a written analysis and critical review of an assigned topic. Papers must be typed in paragraph form. Address topics in paragraph form and do not use a bulleted or numbered list.
Use the following link to The Owl at Purdue University for the proper use of the APA format: