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Course Description: A survey of the history and nature of criminal law in the United States. Substantive criminal law, defenses, and criminal responsibility will be studied within the context of the criminal justice process and rules of evidence.
Educational Philosophy: This course provides an introduction to the Criminal Justice system in the United States. Specific attention is paid to essential terminology, the definitions of index crimes, analysis of constitutional issues and the rules of criminal procedure at the federal, state and local levels.
It is my hope that this course will assist participants in making the transition to the work enviornment more beneficial for them and the agencies by which they are employed.
Teaching techniques will include lectures, group discussion, videotape viewing, and student presentations.
Learning Outcomes:Discussion will be held on determining the level of criminal charges and defenses to crimes, the differences between juvenile and adult justice systems, the structure of the federal, state and local court systems, appellate procedures, and the criminal trial.
Each week will begin with a study of current events. This activity will allow students to discuss and analyze current criminal justice issues and generate an awareness toward challenges of the law enforcement, judiciary and corrections agencies. Students will examine the functions and duties of each representative in the court proceeding: judge, jury, prosecutor, clerk, bailiff, administrator, recorder, and clerk of court.
Students will be able to list, describe and discuss the constitutional limits on criminal law, principles in criminal liability, elements of crimes and defenses, and the steps in criminal process. In addition, gain an understanding of the general principles that apply to all criminal law and the specific elements of a particular crime that prosecutors have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt.
At the conclusion of these session students will be proficient in the principles, doctrines, and rules of criminal law. Students are given an opportunity to demonstrate an understanding of concepts by submitting a written summary. Students may utilize critical thinking skills to evaluate and propose alternatives to the arguments and decisions of the court as presented in case study examples that discuss the laws and constitutional provisions governing police procedures and apply the law to fact patterns.
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an introduction into the criminal justice system. Upon successful completion of this course the student's will:
. Analyze issues of substantive criminal law in the United States including the laws governing crimes and defenses to crimes and will apply their analysis to fact patterns:
· Understand the definition of a law.
· Identify sources of modern law and legal procedures.
· Identifiy the various types of laws.
· Identifiy the categories of Crimes.
· Identifiy the general features and elements crime.
· Identifiy the various criminal defenses.
. Identify the major components of the court system and discuss and analyze their importance for the criminal justice system.
. Understand the United States Court System on the Federal, State and Municipal levels.
. Understand the concept of jurisdiction.
. List, describe and discuss the steps in the criminal process and the functions of the various components of the process.
· Understand all steps of the American justice process· What is involved in each stage of the process?
1. Police 2. Court 3. Corrections
. Students will be able to analyze and discuss the laws and constitutional provisions governing police procedures and apply the law to fact patterns.
. Understand rules of search and seizure as it relates to:
1. United States Constitution
2. Bill of Rights
3. Probable cause vs. reasonable suspicion.
. Students will be able to identify and discuss the role of the courts, the prosecution and of defense counsel in the system, and will be able to list, define and analyze the key components of the trial process.
· Functions and duties of each actor in the court: judge, jury, prosecutor, clerk, bailiff, administrator, court reporter and clerk.
. Expert vs. lay witness.
. The trial process.
Course Assessment: 1. Current Events: Students will be required to present and oral report on any aspect of Criminal Justice through weeks 2-6. This will include turning in a one page (minimum), typed, double space synopsis of your report. This report is due at the beginning of each class session. Information can be obtained from any source, i.e.: newspapers, magazines, internet, journals, etc. Students are required to list and turn in a copy of the source of the report. All current events will include the statement “This relates to Criminal Justice because”. Points will be deducted if this statement is not within the body of the paper!
2. Mini-project presentations: Students will present a written and oral presentation on a topic that focuses on Criminal Justice (student selected and instructor approved). Each project will require the student to complete a 5-7 page (typed, double spaced) report due upon the assigned presentation dates. Written assignments will be typed in "Arial" or "Times New Romans" font no more than 12" pitch. Left, right, top and bottom margins will not exceed one inch.
3. Quiz: Students will successfully complete five (5) quizzes. They are expected to read the assigned course material, prepare for quiz questions and submit written assignments on time.
4. Examinations: Students will successfully complete one (1) mid-term examination and one (1) final examination. All examinations will be based on material from the lectures, textbook and other materials.
Grading: Current Events(5) =100
Mid Term Exam =200
Final Exam =400
90 - 100 A
80 - 89 B
70 - 79 C
60 - 69 D
0 - 60 F
Late Submission of Course Materials: Please take note of when assignments are due. These dates are "carved in stone" and are not negotiable. Students must advise the instructor in advance if they will be absent from class. Attendance will be taken twice per class session. Failure to submit an assignment on the due date will result in a grade of "zero" and will not be accepted.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Assignments must be turned in at the beginning of each class session. Students will be required to present an oral presentation and turn in a written synopsis on a topic that focuses on Criminal Justice (student selected and instructor approved). Each project will require the student to complete a 5-7 page (typed, double spaced) report due upon the assigned presentation dates.
Students have a responsibility to always come to class prepared to work, with something to write with
any homework that was assigned to the class.
Students should raise hands to be acknowledged before responding.
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. <a href="http://www.park.edu/catalog">
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog</a> Page 101
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences
via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate
Catalog Page 100
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