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CJ 400 Constitutional Law in Crim Just
Burke, Samantha G.


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

F1T 2010 DL

Faculty

Burke, Samantha G.

Title

Senior Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

B.S. Political Science
Juris Doctorate

Office Location

Colorado

Office Hours

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time Zone

Daytime Phone

970-692-4350

E-Mail

samantha.burke@park.edu

Semester Dates

08/16/2010 - 10/10/2010

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

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

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:

Computer literacy - Students are expected to have frequent access to a personal computer with a modem and web browser, access to the Internet, and an e-mail account.  Computer literacy is expected (e.g. setting up files, familiarity with browsing and downloading Internet files, etc.).

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 should visit and post in the Discussion area at least three times in each graded discussion topic.  To earn full credit, students should post on three different days in each thread, otherwise, minimum points will be deducted for fewer days.  Each week, students will participate and discuss the questions posted there, since this is such an important aspect of the course.  The discussion area is designed to function like a traditional classroom with class discussion.  It is important that students participate in the class each week by entering the threads (topics) and entering comments, answers, or questions to both the instructor's entries and other student entries. This will function like a discussion among students and the instructor in a traditional classroom. Throughout the week, the instructor will be responding to postings and will post additional questions in the threads.  Students will be responsible for participating in the discussion throughout the week, as well. 
 
The way I've designed my discussion grading to reflect this policy is to have each student post in EACH discussion topic at least three times throughout the week.  To earn full participation credit, you should post on at least three different days in each topic.  Also, please note that your posts should add value to the discussion each week and not simply state that "I agree." 

Weekly assignments (Activities) - Students will submit to the Dropbox five assignments.  These 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 group projects. These should be completed in less than two (2) typewritten pages.  Anything submitted longer than two pages will not be graded past the second page.  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.

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.

Proctored final examination - A computerized/written examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location.  For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website. 

Other Information on proctored exams:

  • It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor. 
  • Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor. 
  • A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval. 
  • Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade. 
  • Some Graduate Online courses may not require a proctored Final Examination.

Grading:

Course Grading Scale - Students will be evaluated on the total number of points he/she earns as compared to the greatest amount of points that may be earned in each course 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?

You will be able to track your average throughout the course. The grading scale is as follows:

A = 90-100 (or 900 points or higher)
B = 80-89 (or 800 to 899 points)
C = 70-79 (or 700 to 799 points)
D = 60-69 (or 600 to 699 points)
F = 0-59  (599 or fewer points)

Each student is responsible for:

·         Completing weekly reading assignments.

·         Participating in weekly discussions at least three times a week..

·         Studying various online resources.

·         Completing five minor writing assignments, referred to as weekly assignments.

·         Completing a 15 page research paper, turned in by Week 6.

·         Completing a proctored examination during Week 8.

Grading:

Assignment

% of Grade 

Due Date

Activity #1

5% 

Week 2

Activity #2

5% 

Week 3

Activity #3

5% 

Week 4

Activity #4

5% 

Week 5

Activity #5

5% 

Week 7

Research Paper/Core Assessment  

25% 

Week 6

Class Participation 

25% 

Continually

Proctored Examination 

25% 

Week 8

Total 100% 

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Work received after the end of the week will be accepted with a 10% deduction per day late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
On-Line Participation

This course is offered on-line, over the Internet. According to Park University policy, 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.  

Class Week

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.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week

Reading/

Chapters

Topics

Discussion posts 3 times/week

Assignment/

Paper/Final

1 (Aug 16 to Aug 22)

1, 2

Review Constitutional Law and American Court System

2 Threads; 30 Points Possible

N/A

2 (Aug 24 to Aug 29)

3

Underlying Concepts in Constitutional Law

2 Threads; 30 Points Possible

*post paper topic for approval

Activity #1; 50 Points Possible

3 (Aug 30 to  Sept 5)

4, 5, 6

Arrests, Search Warrants

2 Threads; 30 Points Possible

Activity #2; 50 Points Possible

4 (Sept 6 to Sept 12)

7, 8

Exceptions to Search Warrant Requirement; Search Incident to Arrest

2 Threads; 30 Points Possible

Activity #3; 50 Points Possible

5 (Sept 13 to Sept 19)

9, 10

Exceptions to Search Warrant Requirement; Consent Searches, Plain View

2 Threads; 30 Points Possible

Activity #4; 50 Points Possible

6 (Sept 20 to Sept 26)

11, 12

Remaining Exceptions to Search Warrant Requirement

2 Threads; 30 Points Possible

Research Paper/Core Assessment; 250 Points Possible

7 (Sept 27 to Oct 3)

13,14

Admissions, Confessions, Pre-Trial Id

2 Threads; 30 Points Possible

Activity #5; 50 Points Possible

8 (Oct 4 to Oct 10)

Review

1 -14

Final Review/Presentation

1 Thread; 40 Points Possible

Final Exam; 250 Points Possible

Total Points

250 Points

750 Points

 

1000 Total Points for Course

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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.
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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96
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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