Reflective Paper- Law and Society
The aim of the reflective paper is to concretize some of the ideas and issues raised in the course readings and lectures and, hopefully, to get you thinking about the different ways you experience law and society and the implications – sometimes explicit, sometimes implicit _this has for your daily lives. Course readings and/or other sources should be used to ground or frame your own experiences and reflections. The “other sources” can include those drawn from the library (such as from the academic articles databases, statistics databases, or books), research institutes, or news media (such as newspapers or alternative media sites). If you use news media sources, however, it is important to note that they don’t require the degree of peer review and scrutiny by editors found in academic publications to ensure the accuracy and validity of the arguments being made. This is not to say you can’t trust news media sources at all, just that you should draw on them with caution and definitely not rely on them alone for your research or base your argument on them exclusively. They are better used to supplement more thoroughly researched articles. They can offer helpful anecdotal insights and first hand accounts of an issue or event.
Please remember that the paper is short and reflective, rather than research intensive. A half dozen references should be more than enough, and fewer is likely sufficient. Essays are to be double-spaced and typewritten, and should include a consistent style of referencing (in-text, endnote, footnote) the sources used (which reference style you use doesn’t matter). Please consult https://library.wlu.ca/help/activity/citing-sources before writing your essay.
You should submit a hard copy of your paper in class, as well as an electronic version via dropbox on the course MLS page. Turn-it-in will be used for this assignment.
Please also consult the grading rubric posted on MyLearningSpace for more detail on expectations. It breaks your mark down into three categories, and gives you an idea as to what is expected of an A, B, C etc. grade in each of those categories.
Length: 750 word.