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CJ 400 Constitutional Law in Crim Just
Volpe, Joe J.


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

S1LL 2009 LR

Faculty

Volpe, Joe J.

Degrees/Certificates

B.S. General Engineering - United States Military Academy
J.D. University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law

Office Location

LRAFB

Daytime Phone

501.340.2619

Other Phone

501.454.9034

E-Mail

366291@park.edu

joe.volpe@usdoj.gov

Semester Dates

January 12 to March 8 2009

Class Days

-M-----

Class Time

5:00 - 12:10 PM

Prerequisites

Junior Standing

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Criminal Procedure for the Criminal Justice Professional, 10th edition, by Ferdico, Fradella, and Totten (Wadsworth 2009)  ISBN: 0-495-09547-8 

 

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Course Description:
CJ400 Constitutional Law in Criminal Justice: 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:
STUDENTS SHOULD ONLY TAKE THIS CLASS IF THEY WANT TO HAVE FUN AND LEARN ABOUT AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT SUBJECT!  The Constitution is literally the cornerstone of our foundation as free people!  We are free from oppression by the government only because our Constitution establishes rule by the people and for the people!  You should be prepared to come to class to enjoy learning about this extremely important document and how it establishes the greatest justice system the world has ever known! 

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:

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:

Reading assignments - Students will be expected to read the assigned chapters in the textbook, the lectures and articles displayed for each week, and assigned material on the Internet.  The Discussions and Assignments and Proctored Examination assume you have read the assigned readings.

Class participation (Discussions) - Students are expected to participate in class discussions.  Students should be thoroughly prepared for class by doing the required homework.  Participation is graded on quality and quantity!  Therefore, students should provide timely and relevant discussion that benefits the class rather than just speaking to be heard! 

Research Paper/Core Assessment
- For this class you must conduct research on a constitutional issue approved by Week 2 (posted in a discussion thread) 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.   

See the Core Assessment section above.

Mid-Term and Final Exam - The examinations will be multiple choice, true/false, short answer and essay.
 

Grading:

Course Grading Scale -
 
A = 90-100%
B = 80-89  %
C = 70-79  %
D = 60-69  %
F = 0-59    %
Grading:
 
Midterm -             100 Points
Final                      100 Points
Core Assessment 100 Points

Late Submission of Course Materials:

All materials must be turned in on time!  Late submissions will require PRIOR coordination with the instructor.  Failure to complete a graded assignment will result in the student receiving a "F". 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students are expected to attend class.  If you must miss class, prior coordination with the instructor is required.  If a student misses class, it is his/her responsibility to contact another student to obtain the notes/materials covered in class. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week

Reading/

Chapters

Topics

 

 

1

1, 2

Review Constitutional Law and American Court System

 

 

2

3

Underlying Concepts in Constitutional Law

 

 

 

3

4, 5, 6

Arrests, Search Warrants

 

 

4

7, 8

Exceptions to Search Warrant Requirement; Search Incident to Arrest

 

 

5

9, 10

Exceptions to Search Warrant Requirement; Consent Searches, Plain View

**MIDTERM EXAM** Chapters 1-8 

100 Points 

6

11, 12

Remaining Exceptions to Search Warrant Requirement

 

 

7

13,14

Admissions, Confessions, Pre-Trial Id

 

 

8

Final

Final Exam/Course Assessment Presentation

**Final Exam**
**Turn In Course Assessment** 
100 Points
100 Points

Total Points

 

300 Points Total

 

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 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 "F".
  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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
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.

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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