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CJ 400 Constitutional Law in Crim Just
Larsen, Robert E.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

CJ 400 Constitutional Law in Crim Just

Semester

S1J 2008 DN

Faculty

Larsen, Robert E.

Title

Judge

Degrees/Certificates

Rockhurst University, B.A.
UMKC Law School, J.D.
Missouri Bar

Office Location

U.S. Courthouse, Chambers 6652, 400 E. 9th, K.C. Mo. 64106

Office Hours

9:00 am to 5:00 pm by appointment only.

Daytime Phone

(816) 512-5760

E-Mail

rlarsen@park.edu

robert_larsen@mow.uscourts.gov

Semester Dates

January 14, 2008 to March 3, 2008

Class Days

-M-----

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Harr & Hess, Constitutional Law and Criminal Justice System, 2d Edition, Wadsworth (2002).  ISBN 053462880x

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Course Description:
This advanced course is an in-depth study of the US Constitution as it applies to law enforcement, the courts, and corrections, including an examination of recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court. Prerequisites: Junior standing. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

The instructor's philosophy is to present the material, including its practical application, to the students through lectures.  The instructor will provide handouts summarizing the material covered during lectures.  Informed classroom participation and discussion will be encouraged.  The instructor will also provide examples of forms and pleadings dealing with the subject matters being discussed (e.g., search warrant, affidavit in support of a search warrant, application for a search warrant, and return on a search warrant) and explain how these documents relate to the matters being discussed.  The instructor will also use tape recordings of the oral arguments made before the U.S. Supreme Court on significant constitutional issues (e.g., Miranda).  Finally, the instructor will provide the students with the opportunity to watch a federal court proceeding dealing with the subject matter (e.g., a suppression hearing) and to hear from federal prosecutors and public defenders.     

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Evaluate the American criminal justice system, law enforcement, and criminal law, using the U.S. Constitution.
  2. Analyze recent constitutional issues, based on the right to privacy and the Exclusionary Rule, including electronic surveillance.
  3. Demonstrate high quality written and oral communication skills, gathering, evaluating, and communicating information effectively.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. An understanding of the criminal justice system, both state and federal.
  2. An understanding of the relationship between the rights guaranteed to all people in the U.S. by the federal Constitution and the criminal justice system, both state and federal.
  3. Knowledge of the controls placed on all governments by the Bill of Rights in criminal cases.
  4. Knowledge of the procedures employed by the judiciary to resolve constitutional questions in criminal cases with an emphasis on the 4th Amendment (search and seizure), the 5th Amendment (due process and Miranda), and the 6th Amendment (confrontation and right to counsel).
  5. Personal exposure to criminal cases in which the constitutional rights of defendants are implicated, and where the trial court resolves such issues.
Core Assessment:

For CJ400, you must conduct research on a constitutional issue approved by your instructor and write a paper analyzing what you find, using U.S. Constitutional provisions, statutes, and court cases to support how you would solve the constitutional issue, and discussing social policy implications of your solution to the issue. 

The purposes in conducting this research and writing this paper are to improve your ability to synthesize, analyze, and evaluate information carefully and objectively, using the U.S. Constitution, statutes, and U.S. Supreme Court cases; use this information to propose a solution to a constitutional issue; discuss social policy implications of your solution; and present your ideas in clear written form directed to a specific audience, in this case, your class. 

To complete this research paper, you should: 

  1. Select a current constitutional issue and have it approved by your instructor.
  2. Research the provision(s) of the United States Constitution that are at the heart of the issue.
  3. Research any federal or state statutes that impact this issue.
  4. Research previous decisions of the United States Supreme Court that impact this issue.
  5. Search for any pending case(s) before the U.S. Supreme Court that may involve this issue.
  6. Based on your research, determine what should be the solution of this constitutional issue.
  7. Consider social policy implications of your solution.
  8. Write a paper explaining the issue, your proposed outcome, the social policy implications of your solution, and the research that supports your outcome. 

Your paper must include:

  1. A cover page
  2. Introduction
  3. Clear statement of the constitutional issue
  4. Discussion of your research
  5. Clear statement of your proposed solution, with supporting argument
  6. Discussion of social policy implications of your solution
  7. Reference page, using APA style 

The text of this paper should be at least 3,750 words or fifteen computer-generated/typewritten double-spaced pages long. You must demonstrate that you understand the terminology and the concepts used in constitutional law, and how constitutional provisions, statutes, and case decisions are interrelated.   You must demonstrate that you can synthesize, analyze, and evaluate information. You must use correct APA format in source citations in both the body of the paper and in the reference page. 

You will present your paper in class during the last week of class. If you are taking this course online, you will answer questions from your classmates about your paper in a discussion thread created for this purpose. 

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

The class assessment will be made through a combination of instruments including:  A weekly quiz with 10 to 15 short-answer questions on each chapter in the text; a term paper on an approved subject that will emphasize the student's application of the legal principles learned in the class to real-world scenarios, as required and more fully described in Core Assessment listed above; and a final examination containing 100 short-answer questions covering all the material from the text and class, which must be completed within two hours.  

Grading:
A student's grade will be determined by the number of points he or she earns from a total of 350 available points as follows:  fourteen quizzes (150 points); term paper (100 points); and final examination (100 points).

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Weekly quizzes cannot be made up, absent extraordinary circumstances (e.g., a documented illness or death in the family).  Absent extraordinary circumstances, the term paper is due on the sixth class and failure to submit it on time will result in the forfeiture of 10 points (from the available 100 points) for each day the paper is late.  The final examination must be taken during the final class unless the student can demonstrate good cause for failing to take it as scheduled. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to attend every class, arriving on time and remaining for the entire class.  Students are also expected to show up prepared, that is, having read the assigned material and be able to engage in meaningful and intelligent discussion of the material. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

1.  January 14, 2008:  Read chapters 1 (historical overview), 2 (overview of the legal system), 3 (the U.S. Supreme Court), and 4 (researching the law).  Quizzes on all assigned chapters.
2.  January 21, 2008: Read chapters 5 (equal protection), 6 (the 1st Amendment), and 7 (the 2nd Amendment).  Quizzes on all assigned chapters.
3.  January 28, 2008:  Read chapter 8 (the 4th amendment).  Quiz on assigned chapter.
4.  February 4, 2008:  Read chapters 9 (constitutional seizures), and 10 (constitutional searches).  Quizzes on all assigned chapters.
5.  February 11, 2008:  Read chapter 11 (the 5th Amendment).  Quiz on assigned chapter.
6.  February 18, 2008:  Read chapter 12 (the 6th Amendment).  Term paper is due. Quiz on assigned chapter. 
7.  February 25, 2008:  Read chapters 13 (the 8th Amendment) and  14 (the remaining Amendments).  Quizzes on assigned chapters.
8.  March 3, 2008:  Review of all the chapters and final examination (2 hours).

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Appraises the sources into congruous and thoughtful conclusions - thoughtful implies some original thinking Appraises the sources into congruous conclusions Appraises the sources into conclusions Evaluation is not present in artifact 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Combines constitutional provisions, statutes, and cases (more than 5) into a consistent whole Combines constitutional provisions, statutes, and cases (3 to 5) into a consistent whole Combines two of the three types of sources into a consistent whole Fails to combine at least two of the three types of sources into a consistent whole 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Analyzes key elements using more than 5 sources Analyzes key elements using 3 to 5 sources Analyzes key elements using fewer than 3 sources Analysis is not present in artifact 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The artifact shows multiple instances and exceptional understanding  of terminology and concepts throughout the paper The artifact shows sufficient and satisfactory use of terminology and concepts throughout the paper The artifact shows little and unsatisfactory use of terminology and concepts throughout the paper The artifact fails to demonstrate an understanding  of terminology and concepts appropriate to the profession 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Each section contains sufficient information that make the artifact a model for other students or publishable Each section contains sufficient information that make the artifact easily readable and understandable The artifact is readable and understandable but it is  sometimes difficult to transition from one section to another The relationship is hard to understand.  The artifact is difficult to read. 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The artifact contains fewer than 5 errors in the APA writing convention and in the paper presentation (spelling, grammar, etc.) The artifact contains 5 to 10 errors in the APA writing convention and in the paper presentation (spelling, grammar, etc.) The artifact contains more than 10 errors in the APA writing convention and in the paper presentation (spelling, grammar, etc.) The artifact contains so many errors in the APA writing convention or in the paper presentation that it is difficult to read 
Disciplinary Competency                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
analyzes previous laws and cases to decide the current constitutional issue in criminal justice and future implications of the resolution of this issue analyzes previous laws or cases (but not both) to decide the current constitutional issue in criminal justice and future implications of the resolution of this issue analyzes previous laws or cases (but not both) to decide the current constitutional issue in criminal justice, but fails to discuss future implications of the resolution of this issue shows no relationship between past issues and today's world 
Disciplinary Competency                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
clearly discusses social policy implications of the proposed solution to the constitutional issue discusses social policy implications of the proposed solution to the constitutional issue mentions social policy no discussion of social policy 
Disciplinary Competency                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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