This is a paper that focuses on the engagement of a critical criminology and political debates position. The paper also provides a list of topic questions to choose from for the assignment.
Engagement of a critical criminology and political debates position
What Does the Module Guide Say?
‘A 1,500 word position paper, where students will engage in one of the critical criminology and political debates introduced in class, identify the positions in that debate and themes that arise’ (p.4)
What debates can I choose from?
1. What is white collar crime?
2. Britain’s conflict with the Mau Mau
3. Tortured Justification(s)?
4. Corporate Social Responsibility vs Accountability (pp. 4-5)
But what do I need to do?
You must engage with at least three of the readings highlighted. You may also supplement your position paper with additional readings. Please see the module leader if you would like help selecting additional readings for this piece of assessment. Your position paper will be according to the general criteria: structure; clear argument; clarity of expression (i.e., use of language, spelling and grammar); and conformity with referencing standards.
How can I understand the debate?
All four debates have various nuanced positions within them that take time to identify and understand.
We will not ‘pre-mark’ your work, but will discuss your questions or issues, so please come prepared.
Themes and structure
In every debate certain themes crystallise out, e.g. in the current debate on Brexit there are three critical points: on the rights of EU migrants in the UK (and vica versa); the land border between the North and South of Ireland; and the bill.
Finally, and back to our starting point, there are different positions in the debate: pro-EU and anti EU, with refinements within each camp, abstainers etc.
So, beyond short introduction and conclusion paragraphs, you can organise the paragraph structure of your report in any one of three ways (or a combination):
Different positions in the debate
Process of the debate
Critical themes that emerge.