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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

S1T 2007 DL

Faculty

Plumb, Greg

Title

Professor of Criminal Justice

Degrees/Certificates

B.A. History & Economics, University of Missouri-Columbia 1973
J.D. University of Missouri-Columbia 1975

Office Location

Mabee 226

Office Hours

Wednesdays 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Daytime Phone

(816) 584-6506

E-Mail

greg.plumb@park.edu

Web Page

http://captain.park.edu/gregplumb

Semester Dates

January 15 - March 11, 2007

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Prerequisites

Junior standing

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

John N. Ferdico, Criminal Procedure for the Criminal Justice Professional, 9th edition, (Thomson Wadsworth 2005) ISBN 0-534-62919-9

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Course Description:
This advanced course is 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. PREREQUISITE: 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.  In the online learning environment, the concentration is on class discussion (both initial postings and responses to classmates), written assignments, and a major research paper.  Students will be required to analyze, criticize, and synthesize information learned and apply this information in the examination of case studies.

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 day after the end of the week's class that an assignment is late, points will be deducted.  No course materials will be accepted after the last Sunday of the term.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Policies specific to this section of this course for this term:

  1. Discussion:  For maximum points, the student must post four times each week.  Students should answer the questions posted by the instructor, respond to classmates postings, or add items to the discussion which are relevant to the week's topic.  Higher scores are given to those who add references, have given examples or compared or contrasted topics in the week.  Discussion is 20% of your grade.
  2. Written Assignments:  Each week (except for Week 8), a written assignment is due.  There will be a mix of essays and case briefs.  Specific information on each assignment will be provided in each assignment.  Written Assignments are 30% of your grade.
  3. Paper:  By Wednesday evening of Week 8, a major research paper is due in the Paper dropbox.  See the core assessment for further details.  The paper is 50% of your grade.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Course Requirements by week.

Week One (January 15-21, 2007) - read chapters 1 & 2, participate in discussion, complete Assignment 1

Week Two (January 22-28, 2007) - read chapters 3 & 4, participate in discussion, complete Assignment 2 and submit proposed paper topic

Week Three (January 29 - February 4, 2007) - read chapters 5 & 6, participate in discussion, complete Assignment 3 and submit paper initial reading list

Week Four (February 5-11, 2007) - read chapters 7 & 8, participate in discussion and complete Assignment 4

Week Five (February 12-18, 2007) - read chapters 9 & 10, participate in discussion, complete Assignment 5 and submit paper annotated bibliography

Week Six (February 19-25, 2007) - read chapter 11, participate in discussion, complete Assignment 6 and submit paper draft (a completed paper)

Week Seven (February 26 - March 4, 2007) - read chapter 12, participate in discussion and complete Assignment 7

Week Eight (March 5 - 11, 2007) read chapter 13, participate in discussion, complete Assignment 8 and submit paper final version
 

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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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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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