A topic will be chosen to write a research paper. The paper should thoroughly investigate an ethical issue currently facing the criminal legal system. For the purposes of this assignment, an ethical issue is one involving a policy or practice in criminal justice about which there is substantive professional and academic debate over whether it is morally right or wrong. For example, legalization of marijuana, search and seizure, plea bargaining, and capital punishment represent ethical issues. Students should present relevant substantive data on the nature and extent of the problem. However, the focus of the discussion should be the exploration and critical analysis of arguments that support or oppose the phenomenon on the ethical [login to view URL] should read scholarship to understand why they advocate or oppose a particular position on the subject. Student papers should examine the issue from all sides, not just the side they support. Based upon this research the instructor then expects students to reach a conclusion in favor of a particular ethical position and discuss their reasons for choosing that position.
The topic that I chose was the legalization of marijuana within the U.S. My paper needs to be written around that topic and that topic only. The primary sources for these papers should be scholarly books and articles from academic journals. Students may not use their textbooks as sources for these projects. Wikipedia is not an acceptable source or reference. Papers should cite a minimum of seven academic sources. However, students should examine as much relevant material as possible in any sources. The papers should be ten typed and double spaced pages. This page estimate is based on students using a printing font similar in size to the one used in this document, Times New Roman 12. Students must submit the paper in MLA format. Projects that do not properly cite their sources will suffer a substantial loss of points.
The paper must contain:
- An introduction
- Background on the topic
- Your stance on the topic (mine is in favor for medicinal reasons)
- Address the morality of the issue from a teleological perspective
- Address the morality of the issue from a deontological perspective
Applying the theory to your topic should account for a sizable portion of your paper. You will suffer significant point deduction for failure to do so.