Liberty CJUS 500 Synthesis Paper
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  • Description

You will write a 5–7-page research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on a recent, relevant criminal justice issue in the area of police, courts, or corrections. Topic examples include cyberterrorism, sex trafficking, terrorism, and intelligence. The paper must propose a solution to the assigned issue and include how this solution fits into the worldview of Liberty University, which seeks to train criminal justice leaders to influence criminal justice policy within a Christian worldview. The paper must include at least 3 peer-reviewed sources no older than 5 years, in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Synthesis Paper Grading Rubric

Criteria Points Possible Points Earned
Introduction0 to 15 points

·         Is there a clear thesis statement? What is the topic you are going to address?

·         Does the introduction provide a clear overview of the paper’s contents?

Content0 to 60 points

·         Are the issues raised in the topic properly treated?

·         Are differing viewpoints considered, analyzed, and explained?

·         Is the analysis thorough?

Conclusion0 to 15 points

·         Does the conclusion offer a good summary of issues treated in the paper?

·         Does the conclusion offer suggestions for further study?



0 to 15 points

·         Does the bibliography contain at least 3 scholarly sources?

·         Are the sources less than 5 years old?

·         Are materials properly cited and quoted in current APA format?

Structure0 to 10 points

·         Are the transitions between paragraphs and sections clear?

·         Is the treatment of the topic logically oriented?

·         Is the paper without spelling and grammatical errors?

Style/Format0 to 10 points

·         Does the paper use current APA format correctly?

·         Are proper APA headings used?

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