PAPER TOPIC II
TAKING A BITE OUT OF CRIME
- A Credit/Extra Credit Paper -
Drawing on the reading and your own sound reasoning and good judgment, answer the question and/or questions on the following pages, think of the most powerful objections to your case, and respond to them. In thinking of objections to your argument, think of the best possible objections that someone on the other side might be able to come up with, i. e., give yourself a hard time. If you can respond to the other side at its strongest rather than at its weakest point, that can only help to strengthen your own opinion and make it that much more persuasive. In defending your position, offer what you believe are the most principled arguments you can make.
The paper will be graded pass/fail or credit/no credit, although it will be possible to receive a "high pass" or "extra credit." If you elect to write a paper for "credit" or a paper that will "pass," the paper (your paper) must show some signs of life, some signs of thinking or thought. In concrete terms this means you need to make arguments for or against your view, entertain some powerful objections to your arguments, and respond to them.
If you receive "credit" on the paper (your paper), the percentages for weighing the remaining three papers will be as follows: 40% for your strongest essay, 30% for your next best effort and 20% for the one which is least successful of the three. Keeping a journal and/or participation will count 5% and the quiz will count for the remaining 5%.
In order to receive a "high pass" or "extra credit," which could improve any one of your graded papers in the course by a third of a grade, thus turning, for examples, a B (3.0) into a B+ (3.3) or an A- (3.67) into an A (4.0), you must answer questions posed in (under) the "EXTRA CREDIT" section of the Topic.
"CREDIT" PAPERS that aim to receive simply a "pass" should be between four and five pages in length, or longer if you wish. "EXTRA CREDIT" PAPERS or PAPERS that aim for a "HIGH PASS" should be an additional three to five pages in length and/or (again) longer if you wish.
Please number pages.
We would like to have two copies, marked COPY One and COPY Two.
Papers should be stapled, not held together by
(James) BOND or
Papers are due on Monday, March 19th, in class.
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