1ACR101 Introducing Crime and CriminologyAT3: RESEARCH AND WRITING EXERCISE #1 (Essay)INSTRUCTIONSDUE DATE: Wednesday 13 January, 8pm (AEDT)NOTE: In line with University policy, there is a grace period for all written assignments, which means that studentscan submit this task up until 11:59pm (AEDT) on the due date with no penalty. WORD COUNT:WEIGHTING:1500 words (±10% leeway, or 150 words, so maximum is 1650 words)40% TASKDrawing on academic literature and scholarship, students must provide (1) a 300-word essay plan AND (2) a 1200-word essay response to ONE of the topics listed below, which examine topics covered in weeks 4-7 of the unit(Youth and Crime, Crime in the Streets, Crime in the Home and White-collar and Corporate Crime).A key criterion for this task, is to demonstrate the ability to conduct research. Students must therefore draw on aminimum of 8 academic sources to support their arguments. These should include references to a range of books,peer-reviewed journal articles, sentencing judgments and/or research reports from key government departmentsand agencies. For further information about appropriate resources, see the ‘Reputable Source Guide’ included inthe AT3 assessment folder. Note that media articles are not considered as scholarly or academic sources.Harvard ReferencingFor this task you must use the Harvard style of referencing, which includes in-text referencing and a reference list.Download the Deakin Harvard Referencing Guide from CloudDeakin to guide your essay writing and referencing.ESSAY TOPICSPlease choose and respond to ONE of the following topics:1. Crimes that occur in the home have traditionally been poorly responded to by the Australian criminaljustice system. Is there is evidence this is changing and that we can be optimistic about the future? Whatdoes the criminological literature and/or evidence say about what is needed for positive change to occur,with reference to a particular form of crime in the home?2. The best way to reduce street crime in Australia is to increase the number of police ‘on the beat’.Critically discuss this statement with reference to academic research and evidence, in relation to aspecific type/form of street crime. Responses should also consider what alternatives there are forcontrolling street crime in Australia.3. To reduce youth crime in Australia, governments need to be ‘tough’ and introduce mandatory sentencingand/or other harsh approaches. In relation to a specific example of youth crime (e.g. car theft, assault,drunk and disorderly behaviour, etc.), and drawing from academic sources and evidence, discuss thisstatement with reference to the ‘justice’ and ‘welfare’ approaches to youth offending.4. White collar criminals should be subject to the full force of the criminal law if they commit crimes. Withreference to an Australian example/case of white collar crime and drawing from scholarly sources andevidence, critically examine whether the criminal law is the best tool to use to control white collaroffending.ACR101 Research & Writing Exercise #1 (AT3) Instructions2INSTRUCTIONSGETTING STARTEDStep 1 Choose ONE of the above topicsDOING RESEARCHStep 2 Start looking for, downloading and reading relevant books, articles and reports related to your chosentopic. You MUST use at least 8 academic sources.Thoroughly read the relevant textbook chapters and Study Guide material (especially Chapter 29).Next, brainstorm the issues that arise from the essay topic and try to get a sense of your own views on them. Whatdo you see as the most crucial elements of the debate? What evidence do we need to understand about the issuesraised in order to respond to the question(s) posed?Next look up some of the references used by the authors of the relevant textbook chapter(s) to provide evidenceand support for the points they raise. Use the Library and other databases to find these and other relevant academicsources. Your essay requires a minimum of 8 academic sources so you’ll need to read enough literature before youdecide what will be most useful to you.Remember, this task is asking you to identify and discuss scholarly debate about each of the topics listed in thequestions listed above (remembering that you only need to choose one!). So, the argument in your essay should beconstructed around the weight of evidence from your reading of these academic sources. For example: if in yourresearch you find that most of the academic opinions agree that a tough on crime approach for youth offending isan appropriate approach, then this would form the basis of your argument. Be sure to also discuss alternativearguments as well – try to provide a balanced, critical discussion, but still argue a particular perspective (i.e. don’t‘sit on the fence’).Without conducting enough reading/research, it is very difficult to know how you are going to respond to the essayquestion. Ideally, you would spend at least three days researching, perhaps over the course of a couple of weeks.Allow yourself time to process information and to take efficient notes.Make thorough notes of the sources you read, as you go – you’ll need them for your reference list later. Andremember that all direct quotes and paraphrasing need page numbers in your in-text reference, though you shouldlimit the number of direct quotes used. It is better to try to present information in your own words, as part of acoherent argument/narrative, so do not simply string various quotes together.Try to include the authors in your discussion and when you use citations, e.g. Smith (2017) argues that… or Taylorand Billing (2020) suggest…If you need help finding academic sources or improving your study skills:• Review the online resources at the Criminology Resource Guide• Take a look at the various Skills for Study, including How to find relevant articles and books• Watch the videos on digital literacy• Contact your liaison librarians Marion (Waurn Ponds), or Brad (Burwood), via their dedicated discussionboard on Discussions > ‘Assessment 3: Ask your Librarians’• For technical difficulties contact IT Help• For individual help with understanding this assignment (e.g. academic writing, study skills, etc.), and otherpersonal issues contact the Study Support staff.ACR101 Research & Writing Exercise #1 (AT3) Instructions3WRITING YOUR ESSAY PLANStep 3 Write a 300-word essay plan responding to the question you have chosenYour essay plan should evolve as the research progresses. Write down ideas as you read until a clear, supportableargument evolves. Next, organise the points that support your argument into a coherent order and make sure youhave references to support them. Briefly plan what you want to include in your conclusion.There are no hard and fast rules about how best to plan and lots of resources available on the web to help you findthe best approach for you.How you present your plan is totally up to you and is part of your assessment. You do not need to include full,polished paragraphs or large sections of text, it is simply about demonstrating how you are going to respond to thequestion and how you will present this. Even key words and references are sufficient in a good plan.At minimum your essay plan should include the following:Introduction• In one sentence, outline the elements of the debate you have chosen to focus on (this will be three or fourof many that might be analysed; your discussion will not be exhaustive because of the word limit – that isfine). You should choose the points that you see as most important. It is good practice to acknowledgethis briefly in your essay.• Indicate what you will argue about the issues• Dot point how the discussion will proceed.Body paragraphs (3-4 of these)• Each paragraph should identify one element of debate about the issue you have chosen to discuss• What does the evidence show (critically assess various arguments, points of view, research or commentaryon the issue and note relevant references)• Which views are most persuasive according to your analysis? And, importantly, you should explain whythese views are persuasive and/or reliable.Conclusion• What have you argued• Why have you argued this• What do you want to convince your reader of?NOTES• As identified in the marking rubric, you must include your Essay Plan in the final submission of your essay,as one document (ideally, pasted before the essay). Do not submit the plan separately.• The Essay Plan is worth 5% of your overall mark for the Research & Writing Exercise #1 (AT3), and will begraded on merit, so make sure you undertake this task seriously.• Dot points are best for a plan! Further help with your planning process will be offered during seminars. Cutand paste your plan onto the first page of your final document for submission.• As this task has a 10% leeway in relation to word count, it is up to you to decide how you allocate yourwords. If you are able to concisely present your plan, then any leftover words can be used in your essay.Essay Plans must not be shorter than 250-words. This means that you can allocate up to 1400 words toyour essay.• There are several support services and guides available to help you with planning your assignments,including research essays, so please review the Drafting your Assignment guides.ACR101 Research & Writing Exercise #1 (AT3) Instructions4WRITING YOUR ESSAYStep 4 Write a 1200-word essay responding to the question you have chosen, ensuring that:• You first review the Essay Writing guides available.• You have a clear introduction that outlines the topic being discussed (i.e. the nature and extent of theresearch ‘problem’), the key points of your argument and how you are going to argue it.• You plan your essay first, as this will ensure that you follow a particular direction.• Your paragraph structure is clear and follows what is outlined in the introduction. Each paragraph shouldrelate to a key point/theme of your argument, as well as fit the overall flow of your essay. Make sure thefirst sentence of each paragraph – sometimes also known as a ‘topic sentence’ – clearly identifies what theparagraph is about and how it fits within the overall narrative of your essay. For example: ‘Another keyfeature of the debate surrounding crime in the home is…’• Your argument is supported by clear, relevant and appropriate evidence drawn from the academic literaturethat is also correctly cited using the Deakin Harvard guidelines.• You provide a strong and coherent conclusion, which does more than simply repeat the material raised inyour essay. A conclusion should summarise the key points, but also highlight the overall outcome of youressay – i.e. what is your answer to the question posed?• You adhere to the formatting requirements outlined at the end of this document.• Your essay should be presented on a new page, separate from and following the Essay Plan.• You submit your essay before the time listed as the deadline for the task. Note: the deadline for this task isset at 8pm, though there is a grace period until 11:59pm on the deadline.SUBMITTING YOUR ESSAYStep 5 Go to Assessment > Assignments > Assessment Task 3: Research & Writing Exercise, and follow theinstructions for uploading your work.• Essays must be submitted online through the AT3 Assignment folder on the Cloudsite. Assignments cannotbe accepted via email.• Uploading your work to the AT3 Assignment folder will also result in your work being automaticallysubmitted to Turnitin and checked for plagiarism and collusion.• You may want to submit your work early in order to review your Turnitin report. You will be able to uploadand overwrite your submission up until the due date and time (i.e. you can have multiple submissions,though please avoid doing this too many times). Please note that submission through Turnitin sometimestakes up to 24 hours, so leave yourself time before the deadline if you wish to do this and resubmit.• When you submit the final version of your essay, make sure that you receive a confirmation email, otherwiseyour assessment may not have been successfully uploaded.• Please note that you must submit by the due date, as otherwise a penalty will be applied as per UniversityPolicy where the assessment task is submitted after this date, without an approved extension as follows:1. 5% (2 marks) will be deducted from the available marks for each day, or part thereof, up to a maximum of five days(including weekends).2. Where work is submitted more than five days after the due date, the task will not be marked and the student willreceive 0% for the task.FORMATTING REQUIREMENTS• You must submit your essay as a Word document (i.e. a .doc or .docx file) OR a PDF document (i.e. a .pdffile) only – no other document formats will be accepted.• Please include the Unit code, your name and the topic/question number within the filename of yoursubmission: e.g. ACR101-AT3-Smith-Q1.• Use must use a sensible font (e.g. Times New Roman, Arial, Calibri, etc.), ideally in size 12pt.• Justify the text and use 1.5 line spacing.• Insert page numbers (insert tab > header & footer > page number> bottom of page).• You must use Harvard style in-text referencing and provide a reference list in the same style.• Your essay may be 10% (150 words) under OR over the word limit without penalty; this means your essayand essay plan should collectively sit somewhere between 1350-1650 words in total.ACR101 Research & Writing Exercise #1 (AT3) Instructions5You must include a Reference List at the end of your paper• Insert a page break at the end of the document, and add your reference list on the new page created by thepage break.• Place each of your references in alphabetical order by the first author’s family name (how you present thisshould look the same as the reference lists used in the textbook). You will find instructions for how to createa reference list on the ‘Harvard’ link in the Deakin Guide to Referencing.• NB: It is not acceptable to reference the text book editors (Palmer, de Lint and Dalton) as the authors of anytextbook chapters should be used. You must instead use the name of the individual chapter author(s) bothin-text and in the reference list. Marks will be lost for only using the editors’ names in-text.Edit your work for spelling and grammar• Turn spelling AND grammar checks on and set proofing language to English (Australian).• Ensure that all words with a red line underneath are corrected.• Ensure that all words with a blue line underneath are checked to ensure the right word is chosen (e.g.there/their/they’re).• Ensure all sentences with a green line underneath are checked for clarity of written expression.• Proof read your work before submitting it. This is often best done by reading it aloud. Asking someone elseto read it is also useful (e.g. parents or friends, but not classmates).GENERAL ADVICE• Thoroughly read the online learning resources (Study Guide) and chapter in the textbook that correspondwith the chosen topic; this will provide you with a basic grounding in the topic. Note: students will also finduseful material in the learning resources and chapters for weeks 2 and 3 and are encouraged to also makeuse of these in their assignments where appropriate (particularly with regard to the use of statistics).• All submissions to the assignment dropbox will be automatically processed through Turnitin, so there is noneed (in fact, you are strongly advised not to) to submit to any other dropbox.• As a tip, you should access your Deakin student email regularly (especially around assessment deadlines),as this will be used to communicate any issues with your assignment submission.EXTENSION REQUESTSThe extension guidelines and further information can be found on the ACR101 Cloudsite, within the Assessmentfolder (select ‘Content’, then ‘Assessment’).In ACR101, we are employing an Online Extension Request process, available through the Cloudsite. To apply foran extension, please click on the ‘Tools’ menu and select Assignment Extension Form.Complete the online form to request an extension, noting that you must indicate a new proposed deadline, andthat you must include relevant supporting documentation with your request (e.g. medical certificate, funeralnotice, letter from employer, etc.). Requests made without supporting documentation will not be granted.Please note that, as this process is online, your request will automatically be sent to the Unit Chair, so there is noneed to email them separately. Please DO NOT send an email requesting an extension.Please note: Unit Chairs can only grant extensions up to 2 weeks beyond the original due date. If you require morethan 2 weeks, or have already been provided an extension from the Unit Chair and require additional time, youmust apply for Special Consideration within 3 business days of the due date.You must provide a reason for the extension and the Unit Chair may request that you provide a draft of yourassignment as part of your request.The ACR101 Unit Guide details the Deakin University policy relating to late penalties.In accordance with updated Deakin University policy, assignments submitted more than five days late will not bemarked (and will receive a ‘0’ grade), unless an extension has been granted or ‘Special Consideration’ applies.
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