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CRJ402 – Comparative Criminal Justice

Unit 7 Final Project: Comparative Criminal Justice

Due Dates:

• Part I – Written Report: 11:59 p.m. EST, Sunday of Unit 7
• Part II – Presentation: 11:59 p.m. EST, Wednesday of Unit 8, with one response due by Friday

of Unit 8.

Total Points: 200

Scenario Overview:

Congratulations! Your expertise in comparative criminal justice has gotten you promoted to the Head
of Public Relations for the Police Department! This is an exciting time for you to put your knowledge
to work and hit the ground running.

You have just received an email from your boss with the details of your first project:

Good morning!

We are thrilled to have you take the lead as Head of Public Relations. The first project we
have for you has two parts: The first part is to complete a written report that provides a
standardized comparison of the United States against three other countries in policing. The
second part is to create a summed-up presentation of the information in your report for your
new staff and colleagues. There is more information about what is required below.

Your written report will be due at the end of Unit 7, and your presentation will be due by
Wednesday of Unit 8.

Thank you, and keep up the excellent work!

PART I: The Written Report

Instructions:

For your written report, include the following elements:

• An introduction expressing the value in understanding international justice systems.

• Choose three (3) countries covered in this course and complete a fundamental analysis and
comparison of their criminal justice systems.

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• Briefly discuss the history of each country and how it has influenced its criminal justice system.

• Compare the roles of police officers in these countries.

• Discuss critical issues that these countries are confronting.

• Share your thoughts on how the systems of these countries compare to the criminal justice
systems of the United States.

• A conclusion that expresses your final thoughts on what you have discussed.

Requirements:

• Your paper should be at least five (5) pages in length using APA style formatting, with
additional title and reference pages.

• Use at least three (3) scholarly resources and include reference citations in correct APA
formatting.

Be sure to read the criteria below by which your work will be evaluated before you write and
again after you write.

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Evaluation Rubric for PART I: The Written Report

CRITERIA Deficient Needs Improvement Proficient Exemplary

(0-8 Points) (9-11 Points) (12-13 Points) (14-15 Points)
Fundamental Analysis and
Comparison of 3 Criminal
Justice Systems

Component is
minimally or not
addressed.

Component is
somewhat
addressed.

Component is
fairly well
addressed.

Component is
thoroughly
addressed.

Roles of Police Officers Component is
minimally or not
addressed.

Component is
somewhat
addressed.

Component is
fairly well
addressed.

Component is
thoroughly
addressed.

Critical Issues Component is
minimally or not
addressed.

Component is
somewhat
addressed.

Component is
fairly well
addressed.

Component is
thoroughly
addressed.

Comparison to the Criminal
Justice Systems of the
United States

Component is
minimally or not
addressed.

Component is
somewhat
addressed.

Component is
fairly well
addressed.

Component is
thoroughly
addressed.

(0-5 points) (6-7 points) (8 points) (9-10 points)
Brief History of Each
Country and its Influence

Component is
minimally or not
addressed.

Component is
somewhat
addressed.

Component is
fairly well
addressed.

Component is
thoroughly
addressed.

Introduction and
Conclusion

Components are
minimally or not
addressed.

Components are
somewhat
addressed.

Components are
fairly well
addressed.

Components are
thoroughly
addressed.

Clear and Professional
Writing and APA Format

Significant errors
impede
professional
presentation;
APA guidelines
are not followed.

Some errors in
writing and/or
APA formatting
are beginning to
impede
professional
presentation.

Few errors in
writing and/or
APA formatting
that do not
impede
professional
presentation.

Writing and
format are clear,
professional,
APA compliant,
and error-free.

(0 points) (5 points)
Report Length Requirement not

met.
n/a n/a Requirement

met.

Resources Requirement not
met.

n/a n/a Requirement
met.

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PART II: The Presentation

Overview:

In this assignment forum, you will share a presentation that exhibits the information you have
provided in your written report and share it with the class.

Instructions:

Using whatever tool you’d like (PowerPoint, Word, Prezi, video, etc.), design a presentation covering
your written report’s main points and comparisons. Feel free to include images and be creative!

Include the following elements:

• The value in understanding international justice systems.

• Comparison of three (3) countries’ criminal justice systems.

• A brief history of each country and its influence on its criminal justice system.

• The roles of police officers in these countries.

• Critical issues that these countries are confronting.

• Comparison of these criminal justice systems to systems of the United States.

• Your final thoughts on what you shared in your presentation.

Requirements:

• Use a minimum of three (3) references formatted in APA – these can come from course
resources.

• Be sure to use course concepts in your work and organize your information in a clear and
structured way.

• Post the assignment and your response to the Shared Assignment Forum by the due dates
listed above.

• Respond to at least one (1) classmate’s assignment with the following:

o Discuss something new you have learned from their presentation.

o Be sure to elaborate on your classmate’s ideas with further comment or observation,
present a relevant new idea or viewpoint for consideration, and raise a question or
politely offer an alternative perspective.

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Evaluation Rubric for PART II: The Presentation

CRITERIA Deficient Development Needed Satisfactory Proficient

(0-23 Points) (24-31 Points) (32-35 Points) (36-40 Points)

Required
Elements

Several major
elements are missing
or are difficult to
evaluate.

Some of the required
elements are
included; instructions
are not completely
followed.

Most of the required
elements and
instructions are
included and
complete.

All required elements
are included and fully
complete, and all
instructions followed.

(0-11 Points) (12-15 Points) (16-17 Points) (18-20 Points)

Course Concepts

Work does not reflect
the content of the
course.

Course concepts are
somewhat evident.

Course concepts are
generally apparent
but may show
inconsistencies or
minor gaps in
understanding.

Course concepts are
thoroughly reflected
in work.

(0-8 Points) (9-11 Points) (12-13 Points) (14-15 Points)

Organization Work is disorganized
or unclear.

Work shows some
attempts at
organization.

Work is organized to
support
understanding.

Work is clearly
structured, reflects
planning, and
ordered thought.

(0-2 Points) (3 Points) (4 Points) (5 Points)

References and
APA Formatting

Reference citations
are not present, or
APA style formatting
has significant
errors.

Some citations are
missing, and/or
citations have some
issues with APA
style formatting.

All references are
cited, but citations
have minor errors in
APA style formatting.

Reference citations
are included and
correctly formatted in
APA style.

(0 Points) (5 Points) (8 Points) (10 Points)

Peer Response

No response post
made to a
classmate’s
presentation.

Peer response
provided though
minimal and lacking
depth by restating or
summarizing what
was already
expressed; details
and new ideas
missing or lacking.

Peer response
elaborates on
classmate’s ideas
with further
comment, including
discussion of the
topics but does not
raise a question or
offer an alternative
perspective.

Peer response
elaborates on
classmate’s ideas
with further comment
including discussion
of the topics;
presents a relevant
new idea or
viewpoint for
consideration; raises
a question or politely
offers an alternative
perspective.

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CRITERIA Deficient Development Needed Satisfactory Proficient

(0 Points) (5 Points) (10 Points)

Posting Due
Dates

The assignment and
response were not
posted by the due
dates of the unit.

Either the assignment or the response was
not posted by the due date of the unit.

Both the assignment
and response were
posted by the due
dates of the unit.

  • Scenario Overview:
  • PART I: The Written Report
  • Instructions:
  • Requirements:
  • Evaluation Rubric for PART I: The Written Report
  • PART II: The Presentation
  • Overview:
  • Instructions:
  • Requirements:
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