Week 4 – Discussion 2
Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.
Plea Bargain Debate
To complete this assignment, after you record your presentation in YouSeeU, you will want to paste the URL for this video in the discussion forum for your classmates and instructor to review and provide responses to. Please review the YouSeeU User Guide which provides step by step instructions for completing this assignment in the YouSeeU platform.
Prepare a two- to three-minute video presentation with YouSeeU detailing the following information:
- Explain the plea bargaining process.
- List the elements of a valid plea bargain.
- Define the role of a judge in the plea bargaining process,
- Create and provide an opinion on whether plea bargaining is a benefit to the United States criminal justice system and why.
- If you are in favor of continuing plea bargaining, address arguments against its continued prevalence.
- If you are against continuing plea bargaining, address arguments for its continued prevalence.
Please note that oral presentations will take place in the YouSeeU interface. This oral presentation will be available for both the instructor and your fellow classmates to view.
For advice and information on the Do’s and Don’ts of webcam presentations, please click here (Links to an external site.).
Guided Response: This is a debate. First, you must necessarily choose a side through research and reason. Offer your opinion in your YouSeeU presentation and be prepared to defend it! Be sure to address questions that are against your position as well as those in favor of it. When debating, you need to understand your opponent’s views, if not better, at least as well as you understand your own position.
You are required to post two substantive responses to your classmates’ video presentations. Your responses to classmates must be at least 200 words in length and supported with scholarly information. Your responses must be to students who chose the point counter to your position. For example, if you come to the conclusion that plea bargaining should be stopped as a practice in the United States, then you must substantively respond to at least two of your classmates whose position is that plea bargaining should be continued, and vice versa.
Remember to be respectful of your classmates in this and all debates. It is expected that you will differ on positions taken by your “opponents,” but it is never professional or successful to engage in personal attacks. Keep all comments and arguments based upon the scholarly information you have gleaned from classroom sources and outside scholarly research.