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CJ 400 Constitutional Law in Criminal Justice
Plumb, Greg


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 Criminal Justice

Semester

FA 2006 HO

Faculty

Plumb, Greg

Title

Professor of Criminal Justice

Degrees/Certificates

B.A. History & Economics - University of Missouri - Columbia
J.D. - University of Missouri - Columbia

Office Location

Mabee (the Underground) Room 226

Office Hours

Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 10 - 11; Tuesday & Thursday 10 - 12

Daytime Phone

(816) 584-6506

E-Mail

greg.plumb@park.edu

Web Page

http://captain.park.edu/gregplumb

Semester Dates

August 21 - December 15, 2006

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

7:20 - 8:35 AM

Prerequisites

Junior standing

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
No textbook is required for this course.  All materials will be provided by the instructor.

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Course 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:
Professor Plumb's educational philosophy is based on using a variety of methods in learning, focusing on the interactive.  Lectures, readings, quizzes, group work, class discussion, examinations, writing, and use of the Internet are significant components of this learning process. Students will be required to analyze, criticize, and synthesize information learned and apply this information in the examination of case studies, based on Professor Plumb's experience in the criminal justice system as prosecutor and defense attorney.

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.


Core Assessment:

Core Assessment Rubric CJ 400 –  Constitutional Research Paper - Fall 2006


 


For this class 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 fifteen 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 write technically correctly using APA format,


 


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:
A variety of methods will be used to assess the learning that occurs in this course.  Students will be assessed on their class participation, performance on essay writing, writing case briefs, and the research paper.  There will also be opportunities to work in groups, and to be assessed based on individual and group performance.  See “Grading” below for greater specificity.  Scoring rubrics will be available for each activity.

Grading:

Students will be evaluated on the total number of points each student earns as compared to the greatest amount of points that may be earned in each class activity.

In determining the number of points assigned to an activity, the major factors will be the following questions:

• Was the work completed?

• Was the work completed correctly?

• Was the work completed on time?

All assignments are due at the beginning of the class period they are due. Course grades are determined on the following allocation of points:

Participation                200

Essays & case briefs   300

Research paper           500

TOTAL                       1,000

Point accumulation for grades:

900-1000 points A

800-899 points B

700-799 points C

600-699 points D

0-599 points F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
For each class period an assignment is late, points will be deducted.  No course materials will be accepted after the last class meeting in the last week of classes.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

1. Attend class and be prompt.  Class attendance is part of class participation, which is a portion of your grade.  Roll will be checked at the beginning of each class period.  Since tardy entry to a class disrupts the class, your lateness for class will receive a reduction in points.

2. Due to abuses by students in past semesters, there will be no excused absences.  You are either present or absent.  To partially make up for an absence, you must submit to the instructor by the beginning of the next class meeting you attend, an essay of one to two pages in length, summarizing the assigned reading for the class period missed.  The essay must be submitted by e-mail with the essay as an attachment.  IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE UP ANYTHING MISSED IN CLASS.

3. Be prepared for class.  This means that you have read the assigned readings and are prepared to discuss them.  This is a senior level course, and the expectation is that you will function at that level.  This course will consist of class discussion, small group discussion, group work, and lecture.  You are expected to take part in the discussions and group work.  Your in-class participation is another portion of your grade.

4. Examinations.  There will be no examinations in this course.

5. Essays and case briefs will be required regularly in this course.  Further information about these will be provided in the eCompanion website for this course.

6. Research Paper.  A research paper is required in this course.  The specifics of this requirement and the rubric for scoring this requirement are stated elsewhere in this course syllabus.

7. Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive.  Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems.  Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash.  Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology.  Be sure to save copies of your work to a disk, a hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

All materials, including links to reading assignments, written assignments, and the research paper will be found in the eCompanion for this course.

Week 1 Introductions & Basic Concepts

Week 2 Investigation & Identification

Week 3 Interrogation

Week 4 Search & Seizure

Week 5 Arrest

Week 6 Counsel & Initial Appearance

Week 7 Grand Jury vs. Preliminary Hearing & Arraignment

Week 8 Pre-Trial

Week 9 Trial

Week 10 Sentencing

Week 11 Appeal

Week 12 Probation & Parole

Week 13 Confinement

Week 14 Post Punishment

Week 15 Summary

NO FINAL EXAM

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. 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 "W".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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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