CJ 400 Constitutional Law in Crim Just
S1J 2008 DN
Larsen, Robert E.
Rockhurst University, B.A.UMKC Law School, J.D.Missouri Bar
U.S. Courthouse, Chambers 6652, 400 E. 9th, K.C. Mo. 64106
9:00 am to 5:00 pm by appointment only.
January 14, 2008 to March 3, 2008
5:30 - 9:50 PM
Textbook: Harr & Hess, Constitutional Law and Criminal Justice System, 2d Edition, Wadsworth (2002). ISBN 053462880x
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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
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:
Your paper must include:
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 RubricClass 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.
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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.
Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88
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