CJ 400 Constitutional Law in Crim Just
SP 2011 HO
Professor of Criminal Justice
B.A. in History & Economics from University of Missouri – ColumbiaJ.D. from University of Missouri – Columbia
Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
January 10 – May 6, 2011
10:10 - 11:25 AM
Textbook: To textbook is required for this course.
Additional Resources: Additional resources will be available on the course website.
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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 analysis of legal issues in case studies.
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: 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 in group work, performance on periodic written assignments, examinations, and a major paper. See “Grading” below for greater specificity.
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:
All assignments are due at the beginning of the class period they are due. Course grades are determined on the following allocation of points:
Point accumulation for grades:
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 individual reporting to the class. You are expected to take part in the discussions and group work. Your in-class participation is another portion of your grade. You should be prepared to be called on to answer questions each class.
4. Final Examination. There will be a final examination in this course. It will be in the essay format. Further information about this examination will be provided in the website for this course.
5. There will be periodic written assignments in this course. Further information about these written assignments will be provided in the website for this course.
6. Major Paper. A major paper is required in this course. See Core Assessment above for further information about this paper.
7. All assignments MUST be submitted using Microsoft Word in the appropriate dropbox in the eCompanion site for this course.
8. 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, final examination, and the major paper will be found in the website for this course.
Jan 11 & 13
Introduction to Constitutional Law in the American Criminal Justice System
Marbury v. Madison (available on the course website)
Why is constitutional law needed in criminal cases?
Written Assignment 1
Jan 18 & 20
Initial Contact with Police
Terry v. Ohio and other cases on the course website
What approach is important for police officers first on the scene of a crime?
Written Assignment 2
Jan 25 & 27
Christian burial speech and other cases on the course website
When does an interview become an interrogation?
The class will NOT meet face-to-face on Thur, Jan 27. We will meet in a discussion thread in the eCompanion course website
Feb 1 & 3
Mapp v. Ohio and other cases on the course website
What are the benefits of obtaining a search warrant?
Feb 8 & 10
Should the Exclusionary Rule be changed?
Written Assignment 3
Feb 15 & 17
Initial Contact with Courts
See course website for cases
Why is the initial contact with courts required?
Written Assignment 4
Feb 22 & 24
Preliminary Hearings & Grand Juries
Which provides both defendants and victims greater protections?
Paper Reading List
Mar 1 & 3
Mar 15 & 17
Formal Charging & Arraignment
Why is an arraignment so important?
Mar 22 & 24
What remedy is most effective in controlling prosecutors?
Written Assignment 5
Mar 29 & 31
What are the pros and cons of plea bargaining?
Apr 5 & 7
Why is the right to confront and cross-examine witnesses so important?
Apr 12 & 14
Sentencing & Post-Trial
How effective is the bifurcated trial in capital murder cases?
Apr 19 & 21
Corrections & Appeals
What limits should be placed on appeals in criminal cases?
Paper Final Version
Apr 26 & 28
10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
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