Assignment 2.

Foucault Summary 

Due: 11:59PM on Wednesday, June 3rd

Assignment:  Summarizing a classical reading

Supporting Materials:  Foucault Chapter Reading and Guide; Chapter titled, Generalized Punishment,” pages 73-103

Submission: BlackBoard via this link, and also accessible under assignments as a MS WORD or PDF document

Word Count:  300 words – provide the word count at the top right corner of your paper

Points: 50


For this writing assignment, you will summarize a chapter titled, “Generalized Punishment,” by Michel Foucault (pp. 73-103, found on our class website, here).

In addition to the assigned pages, I have shared a reading guide that helps distill some of the concepts highlighted in the text. This reading is a classic work in the field of criminal justice and at times can be challenging to read and understand. Take your time and do your best!

Instructions:

In your own words, explain the basic concepts and/or argument presented in the chapter, “Generalized Punishment.” Generally, Foucault, a French philosopher and activist, explores why we punished in the past, why we continue to punish today, who has the right to punish, and what “effective” punishment should look like.

Your summary should –

  1. Identify the main theme and premise of the assigned reading.
  2. State the major supporting explanations.
    1. Why does punishment take place?
    2. Who benefits the most from our structure of punishment?
  3. Express the underlying meaning of the article, beyond the superficial details.
  4. Consist of 300 – 500 words; include the word count in your submission.

With this assignment, I want you to first – read and review the assigned material; then, draft a summary in your own words that explains your understanding of this reading and how it relates to a discussion on modern day corrections’ practices.

 

Summary Rubric

Levels of Achievement
Criteria Exceeds Meets Approaches Does Not Meet
Content

Weight 25.00%

100 %

Demonstrates mastery in identifying the main ideas and supporting ideas of a complex text

75 %

Demonstrates competency in identifying the main ideas and supporting ideas of a complex text

50 %

Demonstrates some ability to identify main ideas and supporting ideas of a complex text

0 %

Demonstrates little to no ability to identify main ideas and supporting ideas of a complex text

Organization

Weight 25.00%

100 %

Demonstrates mastery in organizing content of summary for a reader

75 %

Demonstrates competency in organizing content of summary for a reader

50 %

Demonstrates some ability to organize content of summary for a reader

0 %

Demonstrates little to no ability to organize content of summary for a reader

Grammar & Style

Weight 25.00%

100 %

Masterfully employs college – level grammar and style

75 %

Competently employs college – level grammar and style

50 %

Demonstrates some ability to employ college – level grammar and/or style

0 %

Demonstrates little to no ability to employ college – level grammar and style

Documentation

Weight 25.00%

100 %

Masterfully employs standard documentation style

75 %

Competently employs standard documentation style

50 %

Demonstrates some ability to employ standard documentation style

0 %

Demonstrates little to no ability to employ standard documentation style