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(1) Review and consider the Assignment Lesson Page on click here Assisted Suicide
(2) Consider the lessons in observing and analyzing what occurred by watching Frontline’s documentary “Suicide Plan” here (Links to an external site.).
https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/suicide-plan/ (Links to an external site.)
SEASON 30: EPISODE 23 (11/13/12) (90min)
Description: Explores the underground world of assisted suicide and takes viewers inside one of the most polarizing social issues of our time – told not only by the people choosing to die, but also by their “assisters,” individuals and right-to-die organizations that put themselves in legal jeopardy by helping others to die.
(3) In approx. 1,000 – 2,000 words (2-4 pages if single spaced), use specifically cited references and explanations from each of the documentary and supporting materials, specifically connecting it to our course lessons (lecture, supplemental lessons, and/or textbook), to address:
(3i) Using our course materials (textbook, lectures, and supplemental lessons), show you understood the materials by explaining in your own words, the difference between “criminal” vs. “civil” matters. You must cite the specific source that formed your understanding.
(3ii) Using our course materials (textbook, lectures, and supplemental lessons), show you understood the materials by explaining in your own words, how the role of law differs depending on the society it serves. Consider and describe how the law and its institutions differ in mechanical solidarity vs. organic solidarity societies. You must cite the specific source that formed your understanding.
(3iii) Explain whether in your opinion, should assisted suicide be considered a “crime” or a private matter. Your answer must be based on the course materials you cited above, and also, specifically described scenes/scenarios from the documentary that formed your opinion.
(e.g. “I understand from the lesson Y, that civil matters are ….. But, watching the video, I can’t help but feel that society itself is affected by assisted suicide because in the scene ….”)
(3iv)Based on the role of crime in society, describe what areas you anticipate there will be a problem or difficulty with creating a “crime” based on assisted suicide (e.g., morality, burden of proof, etc.). Your answer must include specific references to the videos and course materials that formed and illustrate your opinion.
(4) Show your understanding of how this course lesson by conducting brief research to find a different example (i.e., not assisted suicide) of an act that is considered “criminal” but you believe should be a private matter (e.g., morality crimes). This is not an extensive research project. Rather, you are asked to simply conduct brief research (blogs, articles, podcasts, documentaries, etc.) that illustrates another real-world example of an act that will be considered criminal vs. a private matter depending on the society where it occurs. You are assessed on how thoughtful and on-point the example is that you find.