Criminal Justice / Critical Thinking


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Please do not send a handshake if you have not read all of the assignment. These are discussion questions, not a paper. Please label the question before the answer as well as provide enough information to thoroughly answer each question. The 2 highlighted questions (#1 & #4) are due today….in 8 hours. The remaining 4 are due on 2/5/15.


1. Given the nature of criminal justice organizations, is the traditional model of employee supervision the best possible choice? State the advantages and disadvantages. Do the critics of the model overstate their case?


2. In your opinion, to what extent has the ‘‘war on terror’’ impacted local law enforcement practices? What is your reasoning?


3.Critique the major sources of data about crime in the United States: the Uniform Crime Reports, the National Incident-Based Reporting System, and the National Crime Victimization Survey. Compare and contrast the strengths and weaknesses of each. How should data from these sources be used in research, and how should that research influence management and policy decisions? What cautions would you suggest?



4. Choose a topic from the list:




  • Today’s Bachelor Degrees are a minimum, like high school diplomas were 30 years ago.

  • Both parents should assume equal responsibility in raising a child.

  • Cities have the right to ban smoking in public.

  • People have become overly dependent on technology.

  • Gay couples should have the same rights as married couples.

  • People are too dependent on computers.

  • Texting while driving is dangerous.

  • The primary mission of colleges and universities is preparing students for the workforce.







 On a piece of paper or in a Word document on your computer, use the “brainstorming” technique, “starbursting technique,” and “Five Ws for Journalists” technique to generate ideas for your topic.


In the threaded discussion –


State which topic you chose and the reasons why you chose the topic.


Identify which of the three techniques was the most productive for you as a way of generating ideas. Explain why.


State which of these techniques you think you might use for future writing projects. Explain why.





5. Identify an example of an enthymeme you encountered this week in the media or in a conversation. Create a syllogism based on the enthymeme.Determine whether the syllogism is valid or invalid and explain why. If invalid, identify the reasoning error that is present in the syllogism.



6. Locate a piece of advertising that demonstrates one (or more) of the deductive or inductive fallacies listed below.


Describe the advertisement example that you located. Identify the fallacy you observed in the advertisement and describe how this is an example of this type of fallacy.


Explain whether or not you believe the fallacy is effective in persuading customers to purchase or use the product or service being promoted in the ad.


Informal ductive fallacies

·         Fallacy of division

·         Circular reasoning

·         Either/or fallacy

·         Reductio ad Absurdum

Informal inductive fallacies

·         Hasty generalization

·         Composition

·         Pot hoc ergo propter hoc

·         Extravagant hypothesis

·         False analogy

·         Slippery slope

·         Genetic fallacy

·         Appeal to authority

·         Appeal to tradition

·         Is/ought fallacy

·         Bandwagon

·         Appeal to ignorance 







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