Law – criminal position paper assignment | CJUS 380 – Introduction to Homeland Security | Liberty University


The purpose of this paper is to rebut your position in Position Paper: Defense of Weakest
Position on Threat Issue Assignment. You must convince the readers that the position you
defended in your assignment was wrong, or inadequately supported by the evidence. As such, the
information provided must be based on a strong foundation of facts with evidence from credible
academic and scholarly sources. Remember, peer-reviewed articles are best. ALSO, by now you
should have a firm grip on the difference between a supportable conclusion, and mere opinion.
Submitting mere opinion will cost you a lot of points. It is REALLY helpful to the instructor if,
when rebutting something you said in your previous assignment, you actually quote yourself
(previous statement) and perhaps even note the evidence that supported that assertion, THEN
rebut that statement/assertion by presenting either contrary evidence, or by redefining or
expounding upon the weaknesses of that prior evidence. That kind of format/organization is very
helpful to the reader in evaluating the weight of your argument/counterargument.
 Any of the references used in your Position Paper: Defense of Weakest Position on
Threat Issue Assignment may be used again, however 3 new references are required. In
addition, the textbook (chapters 9–13) must be used as a reference to cite at least 1
countering argument to your first Position Paper Assignment.
 The paper should follow strict APA guidelines. All sources must be properly cited.
 The paper must consist of 900–1,200 words.
At a minimum, the following sections are required:
Summary of issue/conclusion you presented in Position Paper: Defense of Weakest Position
on Threat Issue Assignment. In one or two paragraphs, summarize the issue you
raised/supported in the first Position Paper, and highlight your main point(s). This aids the
instructor in making sure you are “on task” per the instruction. This element of your paper is
worth ten points.
Position Statement – A brief paragraph identifying the issue(s), with a position statement
(Develop a clear and concise position statement that rebuts or counters the position in your
previous paper).
Review of Literature – This heading should have at least two subheadings (Background of
Opposing Position and Supporting Evidence). Since this is a review of the literature, adequate
citations should be included within each subheading. Three new (not previously used) sources
must be used, and correctly cited.

Conclusion – Provide recommendations and possible courses of action. Citations can be used
here to support your recommendations.

**** these same instructions and the original paper that you must rebut is attached in the files****