Part 1 : Initial statements x 2: Due 5pm Friday 14th September (week 8). Students must contribute an initial statement in response to each of the following two questions in this Forum. This should be much more than just a vague opinion - it should be a well supported argument/position, based on sound research and evidence:
Question 1: Does the Australian media (news and entertainment) give the general public an accurate portrayal of the criminal justice system? Why/Why not?
Question 2: What element of the Victorian criminal justice system is most in need of reform and why?
Part 2: Response x 6. Due 5pm Friday 28th September (week 10). Once they have made their initial statements students are expected to contribute at least 6 informed supportive replies/counter-positions to other student's initial statements (and/or to an ongoing discussion of their own or others statements) across the two question threads.
Your contributions to the forums are worth 20%. and must amount to a minimum of 1000 words (including references). As a guide, your two initial statements should be approximately 200 words each, and your six later responses should be around 100 words each. More contributions are welcome and you won't be penalised if you wish to continue to take part in an ongoing discussion. Quality rather than quantity is the essence of this task.
All contributions must be include properly cited in-text references (APA or Harvard) to your reading and investigation of the topic (see the marking rubric). Late posts will not be accepted.
Due to the collaborative nature of this task students will need special consideration for any extension of time or alternative assessment.