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PANELS, PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS

Each student will participate in a panel discussion, turn in a formal three to four-page paper and make a class presentation. Papers must follow the formatting requirements of the APA. Turning in a paper and presenting it in class are required components of the course and must be completed to earn a passing grade.

Assignment

Each film has a student panel.

Students will select a key scene or aspect of their film. (Use something substantial that the class will remember after viewing the film.) They will describe what takes place, then use material from the text and lectures to respond to their assignment.

Films and theories

Panel members make their presentations and turn in their papers on the assigned dates. They must watch the films and prepare their papers and presentations well in advance. Films not on YouTube will be loaned for a one week period.

Panel 1 (general concepts - chapter 2): "Dirty Harry" (loaned, also on Netflix DVD.)

Student 1: Use ethical formalism to evaluate Callahan's conduct

Student 2: Use utilitarianism to evaluate Callahan's conduct

Student 3: Use situational ethics to evaluate Callahan's conduct

Student 4: Use ethics of virtue to evaluate Callahan's conduct

Student 5: Use Close and Meier's method (p. 41) to evaluate Callahan's conduct

Panels 2 and 3 (police - chapters 5 & 6)

Student 1: Use the section "Crime Fighter or Public Servant?" (pp. 104-111) to analyze why police behaved as they did, and evaluate the ethical implications

Student 2: Use the section "The Police Subculture" (pp. 116-123) to analyze why police behaved as they did, and evaluate the ethical implications

Student 3: Use the section "Discretion and Discrimination" (pp. 136-144) to analyze why police behaved as they did, and evaluate the ethical implications

Student 4: Use the section "Discretion and Criminal Investigations" (pp. 144-157) to analyze why police behaved as they did, and evaluate the ethical implications

Student 5: Use the section "Discretion and Use of Force" (pp. 157-169) to analyze why police behaved as they did, and evaluate the ethical implications

Panels 4 and 5 (legal profession - chapters 8 & 9)

Student 1: Use the section "Law and the Legal Professional" (pp. 226-230) to analyze why the legal system behaved as it did, and evaluate the ethical implications

Student 2: Use the section "Legal Agent or Moral Agent?" (pp. 230-233) to analyze the conduct of prosecutor(s), and evaluate the ethical implications

Student 3: Use the section "Ethics for Legal Professionals" (pp. 233-240) to compare what prosecutor(s) did to the standards and guidelines discussed in the text

Student 4: Use the section "Use of Discretion" (pp. 256-260) to analyze the conduct of prosecutor(s) and evaluate the ethical implications

Student 5: Use the section "Zealous Prosecution" (pp. 271-273) to analyze the conduct of prosecutor(s) and evaluate the ethical implications

Papers (20 points)

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Students prepare a formal, three to four page paper that describes the scene or concept and explains how it relates to their assignment. Instead of trying to skim over a broad area, focus on relevant, key issues in depth.

Papers should follow the APA format and be structured as follows:

Technical specs

One-inch margins all around, double-spaced, 12 point type. No fancy type, no graphics.

Cover sheet

Student name, film, your numerical position (1-5, identifies your assignment)

Content

Center a heading on the page, "Scene (or Concept) Description (   -   )." If you use a scene, please place the hours:minute reference for the start and end of the scene inside the parentheses (e.g., 00:43 - 01:05.)

Then describe your chosen scene or aspect in a series of nicely composed, beautifully written paragraphs. Please keep it to one page or less. Please do NOT quote from the film.

Then skip a space and center another heading, "Analysis." This is where you carry out your assignment. About two pages should do. Please be as specific as possible and avoid generalizing. Use paragraphs to separate your thoughts, writing clearly and in depth. And of course, beautifully. Please don't use bullet points or make lists.

For referencing, place the page number(s) from the text that apply to each paragraph at the end of that paragraph, in parentheses. For example, (p. 45.)

Please do NOT quote, paraphrase or copy from the text or any other sources. Do not mimic what others have written by substituting different words. Spelling, grammar and good composition are crucial.

NOTE: This is not an exercise in applying common sense. It is critical to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the text.

Presentation (5 points)

To allow for questions, presentations will run five minutes max. Please follow this sequence:

1. Briefly inform the audience of your specific assignment.

2. Describe the scene or aspect you chose. Your goal is to refresh students' memory.

3. Summarize the key points made in your paper.

Please rehearse! Get us interested in your work! Papers may be used for reference but please DON'T read from papers or notes. This is excruciatingly boring and will cause you to lose points.

Grading

Each student is graded separately based on their unique contribution. Papers and presentations are graded on clarity, coverage, conciseness, accuracy, quality of thought, execution and following instructions.

Everything must be a student's own original work. Students may NOT use any paper from another  course.