At the conclusion of this course, you should be able to:
1) Discussion Questions
The discussion questions you respond to each week are a critical and integral portion of the course. This is where I can make the determination, or non-determination, that you are (1) reading, (2) comprehending, (3) applying, and (4) correlating the knowledge you learn to other aspects of the course and your degree program in general.
For each discussion question asked, I am looking for a detailed and well thought-out answer that integrates the assigned reading, your knowledge, and your own thoughts and perspective on the question posed. Your answers to discussion questions must utilize correct grammar, capitalization, and punctuation. When referencing outside material, proper APA citations must be given. If you have any questions on what constitutes a quality answer to a discussion question, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Your answers must be posted as text within the WebCT text box. Do not post your answers as a document attachment. Each question must be answered separately within the thread started for each question. Do not answer all the questions in one posting. Answers that are posted as document attachments or answered all in one posting WILL NOT BE GRADED.
Your own answers to the discussion questions will constitute 75% of your grade for each discussion assignment.
2) Discussion Board Participation
Every week throughout the semester, discussions will be held via WebCT. Discussions are a vital part of the class, as they occur in lieu of live class discussions that would normally take place in a traditional class setting. Thoughtful participation in each of these discussions is mandatory and will be calculated as a part of your participation grade. Discussions will take place by each student:
In addition to responding to that week’s assigned discussion questions with your own answers, each student must respond to the answer of any fellow student at least one time per week. When responding to the answer of a fellow student, you must comment upon his or her answer to the discussion question, state whether you agree or disagree with the answer and reasoning given, and give support for your response. Your responses to the answers of fellow students must contain a minimum of 200 words. Responses must utilize proper grammar, punctuation, and capitalization. When referencing outside material, proper APA citations must be used.
Your response to a classmate will count for 25% of your grade for each discussion assignment.
When responding to the answers and thoughts of another student, it is perfectly acceptable to agree or disagree with their answer. However, all responses must be constructive, must not be derogatory in any way, must not use inappropriate language, and must show respect for the thoughts and opinions of your fellow students. If you would not make the comment in the classroom, do not make it on WebCT. Violating these rules of etiquette will result in a loss of all points associated with that response. If there are any questions about what constitutes an appropriate response, please contact the professor.
Two essay exams will be given during the semester. The purpose of these exams is to assess your knowledge and application of the information presented throughout the readings, class discussions, and assignments. Because of the nature of an online course, these exams are inevitably open book. As such, I am looking for exam answers that show me that you have taken the materials presented in the course, comprehended them, and applied them to real-life scenarios and to your own thought processes, rather than merely reciting facts from a textbook.
Exams are to be completed individually by each student. Collaboration with other students is not allowed on exams. Collaboration will be considered an act of academic dishonesty.
4) Research Paper
A research paper of your own original work is required for this course. The paper will be written on a topic of your choice in accordance with the topic guidelines given for this assignment. The paper should show your ability to reflect upon topic(s) discussed in the course and show how the topic(s) are affected by society and the law, as well as what impact society and the law have upon your chosen topic(s.)
The paper should be between 10-12 double-spaced pages in length, excluding title page(s), references, and appendices. The paper should be written in 12-point Times New Roman font with 1-inch margins. Papers should be carefully edited to eliminate grammatical errors. For each page that the research paper is short of the length requirements, one (1) letter grade will be deducted from your final research paper grade.
The paper must utilize a minimum of five (5) scholarly sources. Your paper may not utilize electronic sources. For the purposes of this course, electronic sources are unverifiable web pages and other non-scholarly publications found on the Internet. Books, scholarly journals, and other reliable publications that are accessed by means of the Internet are not considered electronic sources and are perfectly acceptable for use in your paper. If there are any questions about the acceptability of a certain source, please contact the professor.
APA 6th edition referencing should be utilized throughout the paper. Exploring the scholarly work of others is an important part of active research. However, when the work of others is reflected in your own paper, credit must be given through proper citation. Failure to do this is plagiarism and constitutes academic dishonesty.
Your research paper must be an original work, created and submitted exclusively for this course. Submitting a research paper identical to or substantially similar to a paper submitted for any other course will be considered an act of academic dishonesty and will result in an automatic grade of F for the course.
More specific information regarding the research paper assignment will be given later in the semester.
5. Research Paper Summary
On October 28, you must submit a summary of the topic on which you plan to write your research paper. The summary is a brief 1-2 paragraph description of your chosen topic and how you plan to examine that topic’s relationship to law and society. The research summary must include a minimum of five scholarly sources with APA citations that you plan to use in writing your paper. After the summary is submitted, you are permitted to add more sources to your paper.
I will read your summary, either approve or disapprove your topic and sources, and return the summary to you with feedback that will help you in writing your paper. While the research summary will not be given a numerical grade, it will be given a completion grade. Failure to either submit a research summary or to submit a revised research summary (if applicable) will result in a deduction of one (1) letter grade from your final grade on the research paper.
Exam I 15%
Exam II 15%
Research Paper 35%
WebCT Discussion & Participation 35%
Failure to complete any of these assignments will result in a grade of F for the course.
All assignments will be graded on a 100-point scale.
Assignments will be submitted via WebCT.
For each day that an assignment is late, 50 points will be subtracted from the final score for that assignment. After 2 days, the assignment will no longer be accepted. Deadlines will be adhered to and strictly enforced.