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Theme: Utilitarian justification of punishment

Task:
Briefly outline, in your own words, the utilitarian justification of punishment. Explain the two main objections to this justification, that of: i) punishing the innocent, and ii) disrespect of individual rights. Can a utilitarian make an effective reply to either of these objections? (From a 300 level politics paper, 2000 words)
About this excerpt:
Efficiency, or clarity? This student is a competent writer, whose aim is to be as thorough as possible in her introduction while being as efficient as possible with her words. Often her strategy (we have noticed with her writing) is to merge her roadmap with her thesis. The reader is left to infer the direction of her essay by extrapolating it from her argument. It is efficient, but is it as clear as you would like?
The activity for this excerpt directs you to consider the relationship between the introduction and the content of the essay. It also looks at the referencing style that has been used in this excerpt.
The entire essay is provided here so that you can compare the introduction with the content. Please feel welcome to comment on this essay in the forum (University of Waikato students only).
What to do
  • First, use the buttons on the right to guide you through the lesson. Read the excerpt and look at the notes provided.
  • Complete the short activity.
  • Finally, feel welcome to contact Student Learning either personally, or via the Moodle writing forum to discuss your writing (University of Waikato students only).