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Write a 500-word critical reflection on any three (3) of the following topics covered in the unit: 1. Diversion 2. Sentencing, penalty, correction

JSB173: Understanding the
Criminal Justice System
Assessment 2: Task Sheet
2020
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OVERVIEW
Assessment Reflective Journal
Length 3x 500 word journal entries = 1,500 words total (+/- 10%)
Your reference list DOES NOT count towards the total word
count, but quotes and in-text references do.
Weighting 40%
How will it be assessed? CRA, 7 point grading scale
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GUIDELINES
Task Write a 500-word critical reflection on any three (3) of the following
topics covered in the unit:

  1. Diversion
  2. Sentencing, penalty, correction
  3. Bail and Remand
  4. Release and Reintegration
  5. Victims in the Criminal justice system
    **IMPORTANT TO NOTE:
    You may NOT choose the week on Aims of the Criminal Justice System,
    Roles of Police in the Criminal Justice System, Roles of the Courts,
    Therapeutic Jurisprudence or Restorative Justice.
    You must write 500 words ON EACH of the three topics you choose,
    resulting in 1,500 words in total.
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    Referencing • You MUST use QUT APA Referencing Style (NO FOOTNOTES)
    • Your reference list must be titled as such and presented in a
    professional manner.
    • Reference list must be listed ALPHABETICALLY by author surname
    • Do NOT divide into type of source (i.e. book, journal articles,
    websites).
    • Do NOT reference your lectures. You can follow up references used
    in the lectures and articles you have read and reference those
    yourself.
    • You MUST reference at least 6 relevant, academic peer-reviewed
    sources at the MINIMUM. Using less than this number will result in
    a fail for the Academic Material criterion.
    • You must use one of the weekly readings for each of your entries.
    • There is no magic number of required references beyond this. The
    type of references used and the way in which they are used are as
    important as the number used.
    • Use primarily ACADEMIC sources.
    • Primary sources can be supplemented with other non-academic
    sources like media, news articles, reports, news stories. For
    examples, explore the recommended content listed in the unit
    guide.
    • Because this is an applied reflective tasks you can also refer to
    discussions in class, discussions with families and friends and
    observations from your day to day live. HOWEVER, academic sources
    should be your primary resources.
    • Include ALL of the sources you have cited in your reference list
    • The important thing with referencing is to make sure that: you have
    included all the sources you have cited in your References List;
    everything in your References List has been cited in your reflection;
    your References List is in alphabetical order; and if the marker
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    wanted to follow up an interesting source, they would have enough
    information to do so.
    Formatting • Use double spacing
    • 12-point font
    • Use Sub-headings to identify each section.
    • Cover page MUST include: Unit number/name; Tutor name and Your
    name
    • Exact word count – not including the Reference list
    • Statement of Own Work: In submitting this work I declare that,
    unless otherwise acknowledged, this work is wholly my own. I
    understand that my work may be submitted to Turnitin and consent
    to this taking place.
    Writing Style
    • Use the first person (eg ‘I learned that police use their discretion’)
    • Acronyms are fine. For example, you might abbreviate ‘criminal
    justice system’ to ‘CJS’. Make sure you spell it out in full the first time
    you use it.
    Content of your Journal:
    • See below for an example of the type of information you could
    discuss in your journal
    • Remember, although this assessment is called a ‘journal’ it is an
    academic exercise requiring you to demonstrate your critical
    engagement with the unit and academic – as well as nonacademic
    materials.
    Writing and
    Referencing
    QUT Cite Write
    Turnitin Guide
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    Submission • You must submit your journals to the Turnitin link that is provided
    on the Assessment page of the Unit Blackboard Site.
    • It is YOUR responsibility to ensure that you have submitted the
    correct file and the FINAL version of your assessment for marking
    BEFORE the due date/time.
    • There are 3 steps to submitting your assignment in TII – make sure
    you follow ALL THREE (3) STEPS.
    • You will receive an email after you have completed step three (3).
    CHECK YOUR STUDENT EMAIL AND KEEP A COPY OF THIS.
    Late
    Submission/
    Extension
    • Assessments submitted after the due date without an approved
    extension will not be marked and will receive a mark of 0.
    • If special circumstances prevent you from meeting the assessment
    due date, you can apply for an extension
    • If you don’t have an approved extension you should submit the work
    you have completed by the due date and it will be marked against
    the assessment criteria.
    Learning
    Outcomes
    Measured
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the roles, aims and principal
    components of the criminal justice system in Australia
  7. Describe and analyse the experiences of marginalised people’s
    in the criminal justice system
  8. Assess and evaluate developments in criminal justice policy and
    practice
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    Example You may use this format for each of your journal reflections if you like. Do
    NOT quote this template word for word, it is a guide only.
    Topic: The role of hidden groups in the criminal justice system. {STATE
    WHICH TOPIC YOU ARE FOCUSING ON}
    Summary: This week we covered the role of hidden groups (especially
    parents and victims) in the criminal justice system. I learned that victims
    play numerous roles in the criminal justice system. According to Israel
    and Garkawe (2012), victims are involved in the following ways:
    • Giving victim impact statements
    • Participating in restorative justice
    • XXXXXXX
    • YYYYYYYYYY
    {PROVIDE A BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE KEY POINTS ABOUT THE TOPIC TO
    DEMONSTRATE YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND ENGAGEMENT WITH THE
    READINGS}
    Issues: There are a number of key issues relating to victims’ participation
    in the criminal justice system. For example, in the tutorial for this week,
    we debated whether allowing victims to make victim impact statements
    erodes offenders’ rights to a fair trial. The two additional readings for this
    week set out opposing views on this. Kirchengast (2008) argues that
    victim impact statements should not be allowed because ‘XXXXXX’
    whereas Booth (2011) argues that they should because ‘XXXXXX’.
    {IDENTIFY WHAT THE KEY ISSUES/TENSIONS ARE IN RELATION TO THE
    TOPIC}
    The issue reflects a key theme of the JSB173 unit: whether justice should
    meet symbolic or instrumental aims. These terms are defined as follows:
    ‘XXXXXX’ (reference). I believe that victim impact statements meet both
    of these aims because ‘XXXXXXXX’. {LINK YOUR DISCUSSION WITH OTHER
    THEMES AND TOPICS FROM THE UNIT TO DEMONSTRATE YOUR
    UNDERSTANDING OF HOW THESE FIT TOGETHER}
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    These issues were highlighted in a documentary I saw on SBS on victims’
    rights (reference). This documentary raised concerns about victims being
    given ‘too many’ rights. An important issue that the documentary failed
    to address is various groups of victims. For example, victims from
    particular socially marginalised groups (e.g. people with intellectual
    disabilities) may face increased barriers to justice. As was described in
    previous lectures for this subject, the court system is poorly equipped to
    cater to those with disabilities. {PROVIDE A CRITICAL DISCUSSION OF THE
    KEY DEBATES OR ISSUES RELEVANT TO THE TOPIC. USE MEDIA, ARTICLES,
    NEWS STORIES, ONLINE MATERIALS, DISCUSSIONS YOU HAVE WITH YOUR
    FRIENDS OR FAMILY, DISCUSSION FROM THE TUTORIALS ETC TO SHOW
    YOUR ENGAGEMENT WITH THE ISSUES. LINKTO SET AND ADDITIONAL
    READINGS AND/OR KEY THEMES FORM THE COURSE.}
    Conclusion: In summary, the main themes for this week were XX and YY. I
    think in future it will be important to further consider victims’ roles, and
    in particular, the issue of XXX (reference). {BRIEFLY CONCLUDE IF YOU
    LIKE}
    Helpful
    Guides • Listen to my podcast with Jan Harvey from the law library
    • See the library slides and their guide to reflective writing
    Criteria 7++ 7+, 7, 7- 6+, 6. 6- 5+, 5, 5- 4+, 4, 4- 3 2-1 0
    Content
    Weighting: 20%
    Detailed and authoritative
    knowledge of the topics with
    no inaccuracies
    Detailed and authoritative
    knowledge of topics with
    minor omission or
    inaccuracies
    Sound knowledge of topics with
    some omissions or inaccuracies
    Demonstrates knowledge of
    topics but there are
    significant gaps and
    inaccuracies
    Fails to address the
    questions OR outside word
    count range
    Very limited knowledge of
    topics demonstrated or
    profound misunderstanding
    of content area
    No evidence of an attempt to
    address the question
    Themes/Concepts
    Weighting: 10%
    Demonstrated knowledge of
    themes within the unit in a
    sophisticated way
    Demonstrated knowledge of
    themes with the unit
    Some attempt to demonstrate
    knowledge of themes within the
    unit
    Cursory of inaccurate
    attempts to demonstrate
    knowledge of key themes
    within the unit
    Limited ability to
    demonstrate knowledge of
    themes within the unit
    Unable to demonstrate
    knowledge of themes within
    the unit
    No evidence of attempt to
    cover unit materials or
    themes
    Critical Thinking
    Weighting: 20%
    Outstanding critical thinking
    on topics
    Excellent critical thinking on
    topics
    Sound critical thinking on topics Some critical thinking on
    topics
    Limited evidence of critical
    thinking on topics
    No clear critical thinking on
    topics
    No critical thinking
    demonstrated on any of the
    topics
    Use of academic material
    Weighting: 20%
    Used numerous relevant and
    appropriate sources in a
    sophisticated way
    Used many relevant and
    appropriate sources and
    demonstrated a solid
    understanding of these
    Used some relevant and
    appropriate sources and
    demonstrated an emerging
    understanding of these
    Used minimal relevant and
    appropriate sources and/or
    did not demonstrate an
    understanding of sources
    Did not use enough relevant
    and appropriate sources
    and/or was unable to
    demonstrate an
    understanding of the sources
    used
    Limited number of academic
    sources used. Most not
    relevant or appropriate for
    this task. Limited ability to
    demonstrate an
    understanding of the sources
    used.
    No relevant sources used.
    Engagement with current
    debate about chosen
    topics
    Weighting: 10%
    Used a relevant example in
    each entry (e.g. newspaper
    articles, online discussion) to
    demonstrate sophisticated
    engagement with current
    debate about chosen topics
    Used a relevant example in
    each entry (e.g. newspaper
    articles, online discussion) to
    demonstrate a sophisticated
    engagement with current
    debate about chosen topics
    Used some relevant examples in
    the entries (e.g. newspaper
    articles, online discussion) to
    demonstrate sophisticated
    engagement with the current
    debate about chosen topics
    Used minimal relevant
    examples (e.g. newspaper
    articles, online discussion) to
    demonstrate sophisticated
    engagement with current
    debate about chosen topics
    Limited relevant examples
    (e.g. newspaper articles,
    online discussion) to
    demonstrate sophisticated
    engagement with current
    debate about chosen topics
    Did not used relevant
    examples (e.g. newspaper
    articles, online discussion) to
    demonstrate sophisticated
    engagement with current
    debate about chosen topics
    No evidence of appropriate
    or relevant example to
    demonstrate engagement
    with current debate.
    Clarity of Expression
    Weighting: 10%
    Very fluent writing style, and
    grammar and spelling
    accurate
    Language fluent, grammar
    and spelling accurate
    Language mainly fluent,
    grammar and spelling mainly
    accurate
    Meaning apparent but
    language is not always
    fluent, grammar and/or
    spelling contain errors
    Meaning unclear and/or
    grammar and/or spelling
    contains frequent errors
    Unclear as to the meaning of
    the reflection.
    Spelling/grammar contain
    consistent errors making it
    difficult to read.
    Extremely poor standard of
    grammar or spelling.
    Referencing
    APA: 10%
    Consistently accurate Mainly accurate but some
    minor problems
    Sound attempt but some minor
    problems
    Sound attempt but with
    moderate problems
    Some attempt at referencing
    but major problems
    Very limited attempt at
    referencing. Consistent
    errors.
    Referencing is absent or
    does not meet minimum
    academic integrity

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