Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore
Additional Resources: Law Dictionary: Black's Law Dictionary or any similar legal dictionary.
United States Constitution: A pocket-sized copy for quick review.
United States Reporter, Supreme Court Reports, or Lawyer's Edition reports of the full text of Supreme Court Decisions. Landmark cases may also be found at FindLaw.com
General circulation newspapers that report the latest court decisions.
http://www.park.edu/virginia - Metropolitan District of Washington Park Site
http://www.park.edu/library/index.asp - Park University Libraryhttp://www.quantico.usmc-mccs.org/quanticolibrary.htm - Qunatico Marine Base Family Libraryhttp://www.fmmcmwr.com/librarymyer.htm - Fort Myer Post LibraryCourse Description: An in-depth study of the U.S. Constitution as it applies to law enforcement, the courts, and corrections, including an examination of recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court. Pre-requisite: Junior standing. 3:0:3
Educational Philosophy: The instructor believes in the Socratic method, whereby the teacher and students produce the learning together. Therefore, discussion, disagreement, analysis and argument about the issues presented in the text, lectures, videos and other materials presented in class is encouraged and required, while maintaining respect for the opinions of others and the Constitutional principles and traditions upon which our criminal justice system was founded. Students should be prepared to apply critical thinking skills to all the issues and opinions presented, especially their own.
Learning Outcomes:Upon completiion of the course, the student should be able to:
1. Explain the nature and extent of individual rights guaranteed by the Constitution and discuss in debth the rights protected by the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments that constitute the heart of the law of criminal procedure.
2. Discuss generally the structure of the court system of the United States and the student's home state in particular.
3. Describe the progress of a criminal case throught the court system from initial complaint through appeal and post-conviction remedies.
4. Apply the law of arrest, search and seizure, interrogation, confessions, and pretrial identification to particular fact situations presented in the cases studied.
5. Analyse factual situations presented to identify the issue(s) presented, the individual right(s) involved and how those rights come into conflict with law enforcement functions.
6. Present arguments on the issues presetnted from a prosecution/defense of public order/individual rights perspective, and suggesting a well-reasoned resolution, based on case-law and Constitutiional principles.
Course Assessment: Examinations, class participation and project.
Grading: Exams: 50%
Class Participation: 25%
93-100% - A
83-92% - B
73-82% - C
63-72% - D
62% and below or more than 15 course-hours missed - F.
Late Submission of Course Materials: Course materials submiteed late will receive an immediate deduction of 10%, with an additional 10% deduction for each additional class meeting until submitted. No assignments will be accepted after the last class meeting.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Be on time.
Be respectful of others.
Be prepared to ask questions and to be questioned.
It is the student's reponsibility to obtain and make-up missed assignements.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: In-class and homework assignments will be included as part of the class participation grade. The class project will involve a current Constitutional Law issue to be distributed during the first class.
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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