CJ 400, Constitutional Law in Criminal Justice
F2T 2008 DLA
Nuttall, Dennis L.
Senior Professor, Criminal Justice
EdD, Organizational Leadership (in Progress)Masters of Science in AdministrationBachelor of Arts, CJ Admin
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM MST, daily, by e-mail or cell phone
20 Oct 08 - 14 Dec 08
Monday through Sunday
Available 24 hours a day
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
HOW TO STUDY THE TEXTBOOK:
To help you accomplish the course objectives effectively and efficiently, make full use of the many distinctive features of the textbook. Note that each chapter has review and discussion questions at the end of the chapter. Review these before reading the chapter. The information contained in the questions will assist you in studying the material in the chapter. In addition, just after the review and discussion questions, several chapters have a section called "Real-Life Fact Situations". This feature provides an opportunity to apply the text material to real fact situations. The author of the text is an attorney, with practical experience in the application of the Constitution to real-life cases.
The text has four parts. Part I contains three chapters and serves as a review of the United States Constitution and the court system, and an introduction to basic constitutional concepts. Part II has three chapters which examine the three areas of constitutional application: arrest, searches, and probable cause. Part III has six chapters which discuss specific exceptions to the search warrant requirement: stop and frisk, search incident to arrest, consent searches, the plain view doctrine, search and seizure of vehicles and containers, and open fields. Part IV has two chapters which focus on admissions and confessions and on pretrial identification procedures.
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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:
Class participation (Discussions) - Students should visit the Discussion area for each week at least three times each week. Each week, students will participate and discuss the questions posted there, since this is such an important aspect of the course. At the beginning of each week some starting questions will be posted in a new Discussion thread. After students respond, the instructor will post more questions, and students may respond to answers posted by other students. The Discussion area is designed to function like a traditional classroom with class discussion. NOTE: Discussion responses posted after the end of the week will receive a zero.
Writing assignments - Students will submit to the Dropbox six assignments, the last one being the research paper (see core assessment). The first five are not major research papers, but rather essays answering questions dealing with the topics covered in the course, case briefs of cases discussed, and any weekly assigned group projects. These will be submitted in APA format. As with any writing where the ideas or words of others are used, appropriate citation of the source of those ideas or words is required. Your final paper will be a research paper, specifically a thesis paper. You must use APA format for your final paper. Papers not in the proper format will be returned and START at 75%. These will not be accepted late without prior coordination with the instructor!
Paper #1 5% Week 2
Paper #2 5% Week 3
Paper #3 5% Week 4
Paper #4 5% Week 5
Class Participation 25% Continually
Proctored Exam 25% Week 8
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Discussion responses posted after the end of the week will receive a zero.
Writing assignments: Papers not in the proper format will be returned and START at 75%. These will not be accepted late without prior coordination with the instructor!
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
This course is offered on-line, over the Internet. Students are expected to devote a minimum of four hours per class week logged on to the computer conferencing system - the same amount of time you'd spend in the physical classroom. In addition, students are expected to devote a minimum of another four hours per class week studying the text and other online resources.
A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday. The first week begins the first day of the semester and ends midnight the following Sunday. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed by Sunday of the week assigned. Writing assignments and formal papers should be completed and successfully submitted, or postmarked, so that they are in my hands on the due date. Late assignments will receive a reduction in points (please see grading policies ). This applies to mailed assignments submitted through the postal service, as well as to assignments and papers submitted on-line. NOTE: Because this is an online course designed to get feedback on assignments to you directly via Internet, you must make prior arrangements with me before submitting a paper via fax or the postal service. If you ever have problems submitting your assignments to the Dropbox, notify me immediately, and we'll get the problem solved.
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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87I encourage COLLABORATION and wide use of diverse sources throughout the course, as well as healthy discussion. However, make sure work you turn in and represent as your own is yours. Plagiarism for a course in criminal justice will not be tolerated, and will be grounds for immediate removal from the course. If you are in doubt, ask me!
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90Contact me anytime for questions on the attendance policy.
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Last Updated:10/8/2008 1:35:11 AM