Final Take-home Exam Instructions CRCJ 1000-A Summer 2020

Format:
o There are three questions; you must complete them all (there is no choice of questions).
o Grammar, spelling, organization, will count. Please edit your submission and use spellcheck.
Everything that you include should be well-thought out; do not just plop in a theory, for
example, but rather, describe it, justify why you chose it, explain how it relates to / enhances
your answer.
o Pay attention to what each question is worth. Additionally, each question has various
components. Make sure that you answer all of these component parts.
o You want to demonstrate knowledge of the course content; therefore, make plenty of
references to course content: theories, concepts, research, etc., that we discussed during this
course. As well, show your understanding of these; this means that your answer should be
well-organized, concepts / theories well-explained (in your own words) and connected to
your topic (answer).
Due date:
o The exam is due on June 25th by 11:59PM (you can submit earlier)
o Since this is an EXAM, there will not be any allowance for late submissions. If you are not
finished, just submit what you have.
PLEASE NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure that the right file is uploaded, that the file can
be opened, etc. Late submissions (due to files being corrupted or un-openable will be heavily
penalized).
Length
o For each question, the length will be specified in the question
o If your answer is half a page longer than the maximum page length that is okay, just please
limit it to that.
IMPORTANT: Please use your own words when writing your answers. Textbook/readings /
lecture quotes should be kept to a minimum. If you use direct quotes, you have to cite properly
(author, year, page number). Do not cite lectures for information that is in the textbook or in
other readings.
Font and Formatting
o Your submission should be in a Word document (NOT PDF, not Pages)
o Times New Roman
o Size 12
o Double spaced
o 1-inch margins
o No additional spaces between paragraphs
o A reference page is not required
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You must include a Title Page with the following information
• Name
• Student number
• Title: Final take-home exam
• Course code (CRCJ1000-A)
• Date of submission
Support / help
o I encourage you to be proactive in seeking help for this exam. Kevin, Karly, Zoey and I are
available to help you if you need clarification on what is required for the exam.
Submission
• Exams are to be submitted through CuLearn “Final Take-home Exam” portal by the
deadline (see above). Absolutely no extensions will be granted.
• Your submission has to be in Word document; make sure it is the right file. Whatever
you submit, that is what we will mark. We cannot open documents in PAGES, so please
do not submit those.
3 Exam Questions (all questions must be completed):
1. In your (informed) opinion, what should we do about the problem of crime? Use course
content to support your answer. Please note that while this question asks for your opinion,
you have to use evidence to support this opinion (and show a knowledge of course material).
Make sure you reference at least TWO theories, ONE documentary that we watched during
the course, as well as research studies we discussed, and other concepts we covered. For
example, if you argue that we should focus on interventions with young people, you should
be making reference to the correlates of crime (that age is one of the correlates; explain what
a correlate of crime is; explain that age – be specific – is correlated, etc.,). You will be
marked on your ability to mobilize course material and show that you have engaged with the
course content for this question. This question is worth 15% of your final mark, so make sure
that you include enough information, and organize your answer properly.
o Marked out of 15
o Length: 2.5-3 double-spaced pages (using the formatting guidelines above).
2. One of the criticisms levied against the current Canadian criminal justice system is that it
does not meet the needs of victims. First, explain what is meant by this. Which needs of
victims are not met by the criminal justice system? What is the involvement of victims in our
criminal justice system? Make sure to reference the ‘needs of victims’. As well, explain the
concept of secondary victimization and how victims of crime experience this. Second,
propose how we could better balance the needs of victims with the rights of accused/
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convicted individuals. Make sure to draw on course material, news stories, and research we
covered during the course (restorative justice, the Collaborative Justice Project, for example).
o Marked out of 12
o Length 2-2.5 double-spaced pages (using the formatting guidelines above).
3. In the article ‘What abolitionists do’ in the Jacobian (available in ARES on CuLearn),
Berger, Kaba and Stein argue that ‘prison abolitionists are not naïve dreamers. They’re
organizing for concrete reforms’. Based on this article, and the lecture on abolition (including
the videos and any linked articles), explain what abolition is, as well as how it stands in
contrast to the current system of dealing with criminal behaviour. You are encouraged to
draw on other course material to explain how abolition differs from our current system, as
well as how it differs from those traditional efforts of changing the system by engaging in
reform. Some questions to address (but do not limit your answer to these): What does nonreformist reforms refer to? How do abolitionists conceptualize criminal behaviour? What do
they ‘do’ exactly (what projects/ campaigns are they involved in)? What evidence do we see
currenlty of abolitionist success? What does ‘defunding the police’ mean? How does this
reflect abolitionist goals?
o Marked out of 8
o Length 1.5-2 double-spaced pages (using the formatting guidelines above)

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