Critical Thinking Exercises
There are 4 critical thinking exercises (CTEs). The student needs to only complete 3 of the 4 CTEs. Which 3 CTEs the student selects is their choice, but only 3 will be graded. There is no extra credit for doing the 4th CTE. The critical thinking exercises are named by week, i.e. for week 2 the file would be named CTE2. The exercises can be found in the weekly assignments. Each exercise will consist of a thought provoking question, problem, or mini-case study outlining a problem. Students will study the question or problem and offer their analysis and/or recommended solutions per posted instructions. The primary reference for the essays will be your assigned textbooks. If you use specific information attributed to other researchers cited in the Bartol or Simpson textbooks, identify the author in the essay. At the end of your essay list your references to include your textbooks (if used). A full bibliography is not required….just author, title/publication, and copyright date, e.g. Bartol and Bartol, 10th ed., Criminal Behavior: A Psychosocial Approach, 2014. Do not use the Internet as your primary references. Not using your textbooks will result in a reduced grade on your CTE. If you use an Internet source be sure to cite in the essay and list in your references. Points will be deducted for excessive use of Internet sources. This essay is to be your original analysis and recommendations. Do not use excessive quotes (should be less than 10% of the CTE) since it limits the amount of critical analysis provided by the student. Turnitin.com will be utilized to verify originality of the essay. Each response will be typewritten using a size 12 New Roman Times font or a size 11 Courier New font and be 2 pages in length (double-spaced with no spaces between paragraphs) with the student’s name and abbreviated exercise name and week the exercise is due in the upper left-hand corner of the first page, i.e. John Smart CTE 2. These guidelines must be followed in order to maintain uniformity in CTEs submitted to this instructor. Files will be named using the protocol found in the Assignments section of this syllabus.
All exercises will be submitted to the instructor through the drop box located on the Assignments Page for that week.
****After reading the assigned readings, write and submit a 2-3 page essay in response to the following task: You have been hired as a consultant in the Shawcroft case (See Attached Shawcroft Case Study). Your task is to determine if this case warrants a defense of insanity under the M’Naghten Rule, which is used by the State of Minnesota. The Mnnesota test for insanity, a codification of M’Naghten Rule, reads:
No person having a mental illness or cognitive impairment so as to be incapable of understanding the proceedings or making a defense shall be tried, sentenced, or punished for any crime; but the person shall not be excused from criminal liability except upon proof that at the time of committing the alleged criminal act the person was laboring under such a defect of reason, from one of these causes1 as not to know the nature of the act, or that it was wrong.
1 Causes refer to insanity or cognitive impairment.
Using the guidelines of the Minnesota insanity law does Shawcroft have a defense of insanity? The burden of proof for proving insanity is on the defendant. Why or why not? If not, would Shawcroft have a defense of insanity under any of the other insanity rules discussed in the Bartols’ textbook? Why or why not? (45 Points)
Prepare your essay in either Word Format or Rich Text File Format and submit it via the Assignment drop box using the file naming protocol listed in the course syllabus.