Week 3 Forum Topic and Instructions
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Week 3 Forum:
The forum question for our consideration this week focuses on the legalization and decriminalization of drugs, including marijuana, in our society. We first looked at the arguments for and against this topic in Chapter 1 and there is a nice Point/Counterpoint in your assigned textbook readings this week as well.
Based on those readings, the readings from this week, and your reflections on your own beliefs, what is your perspective on the question of legalization of drugs, including marijuana?
General Instructions Applicable to All Forums
One “Initial Post” in response to your instructor’s instructions (located on the Forum in your online classroom) is due by Wednesday by 11:55 p.m., ET. This post must be a minimum of 300 words in length. At least three (3) replies to a classmate’s post of your choice is due no later than Sunday by 11:55p.m. Reply posts must be a minimum of 200 words. Point assignment is based on these requirements and the Discussion Forum rubric below.
Because scholarly discussion and related student interaction within a learning community are such essential aspects of online learning, participation is graded and required.
Forum post source citation is not required for forum posting in our class. This is because we are engaging in conversation that happens to be in writing form, not composing essays or research papers. You will, however, need to paraphrase (restate in your own words) any words of published authors in parts of your posts that are based on their work. Copying of published material, which is plagiarism, is prohibited and any instances of it, including forum posts, will result in a zero score without an option for re-submission to recoup lost points and a report sent to the Registrar’s Office per University policy.
Discussion forum posts will be graded on verbal expression, critical thinking, making an effort to not just participate in but contribute to the dialog with initial and reply posts of a substantive nature commensurate with graduate level studies. Posts must have correct grammatical construction, spelling, and punctuation with no texting or other casual style language.