9–15 slide PowerPoint presentation on crimes in three categories: against property, against persons, and against public order.
As you work with your teammates, each member should be actively involved in the discussions and work, supporting each other and assisting in the workload. Also, each team member should be willing to resolve differences professionally and ethically and work towards the common goal. Note that the material required for each portion of the presentation will be different: some portions may require more research and others may need more slides. Try to divide the work equitably and do not be hesitant to share information with your teammates.
This Assignment is unique in that it is a team Assignment. You will be graded, not only on the PowerPoint, but also on your ability to work with and within your group.
In your Final Project, you will look at crimes in three categories: against property, against persons, and against public order. From the list below, select three crimes, one from each category. In a 9–15 slide presentation, respond to the following questions for each of the three crimes that you select:
- Define the elements of the crime, including the actus reusand mens rea for each crime. Make sure to cite a state criminal statute for each crime.
- Identify whether the crime can be classified as a crime against property, crime against person, or a crime against public order and why the crime is so classified.
- Describe a factual scenario, either fictional or true in fact, in which the crime is committed. Should there be different penalties for crimes against property, people, and public order? Why? Do you believe that crimes in one category are more serious? Support your argument with examples as to why these crimes are similar or different.
- Referring to your factual scenario, how would a person’s ideas about multiculturalism and diversity impact the penalties for the crime? For example, depending on the crime a defendant’s sentence might be decided by either a judge or a jury. Based on the particular juror or judge’s socio-economic, cultural or religious backgrounds, do you think that these individuals have certain opinions as to how stringent a defendant’s sentence should be?
- Provide your opinion as to whether judges should be given wide discretion in determining the appropriate sentence for a defendant.
You may use the Model Penal Code definitions as outlined in your text, or select specific statutes from the Federal or a state criminal code. However, make sure you clearly identify the elements as outlined in that statute. It is suggested that you separate your responses for each scenario with headings in your presentation.
Remember to answer each of the questions above for each of the scenarios you select and, when referring to your text or other sources, clearly cite your sources both on the slides in your presentation and on the reference slide.
List of Crimes
- First-degree murder
- Disorderly conduct
Note: This Assignment requires outside research. Use at least two credible sources beyond the text material and discuss how you evaluated the credibility of the resources used. You may consult the Kaplan Online Library, the Internet, the textbook, other course materials, and any other outside resources in supporting your task, using proper citations in APA style.