Write essays that draw upon the relevant assigned course readings to answer the prompts below. Your essays should aim to synthesize – in a thorough, organized and well-presented manner – as much relevant information from the assigned readings as possible.
Part I of our course has focused upon the contemporary phenomenon of Mass Incarceration.
For each of the authors below, write an essay that summarizes, as comprehensively as possible, how they would approach the issue of Mass Incarceration. (How would they analyze [explain] it, what concepts would they introduce, and what arguments would they emphasize?)
Be sure to fully define/explain/elaborate the concepts and arguments you discuss.
Address each author separately.
Michelle Alexander (50%)
Loic Wacquant (25%)
Donna Murch (25%)
Your essays, all together, may not exceed a total of 8 pages (double spaced, 12 point font, 1 inch margins). Be sure to allocate space to your three essays according to the grade distribution provided above.
While essays will be assessed in terms of how much relevant information they are able to cover, the 8-page maximum limits the space for doing so – this necessitates clear, concise and well edited responses that aim to be succinct in order to be more thorough and well developed.
All references to authors’ claims/arguments must be accompanied by citation.
Use parenthetical citation – provide the relevant page number in parentheses – for example (159). Use the original text page numbers (not the reader page numbers). The requirement for citation is not limited to direct quotations – you must provide citation every time you refer to any idea, claim or argument forwarded by the authors (even when it is presented in your own words). This means that there should be extensive citation in your essays. Failure to provide citation will result in a grade penalty.
Essays that exhibit strong mastery of the assigned readings. The goal is to illustrate your knowledge of the course materials as thoroughly as possible.
Essays that are as thorough and developed as possible. Essays will be assessed in terms of how much relevant information they are able to cover and present in a well-organized fashion.
Full citation that exhibits that all claims and arguments have been identified in readings (rather than summarizing lectures).
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