CRIJ285 Constitutional Law for the Law Enforcement Officer

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Criminal Justice

I. Course Number and Title
CRIJ285 Constitutional Law for the Law Enforcement Officer
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250
IV. Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
None
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course introduces students to constitutional law and the guarantees of personal liberties in the federal constitution. The major topics include the jurisdiction of the U.S. Supreme Court and the lower courts, case law, fundamental rights such as trials by jury, the right to counsel, privilege and self-incrimination.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. evaluate the basic rights contained within the U.S. Constitution;
      2. analyze jurisdiction within the United States court system, review cases and controversies; and
      3. evaluate constitutional protections afforded citizens under our constitutional system, including jury trials, the right to counsel, privilege and the right against self-incrimination.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. rights articulated in the U.S. Constitution
    2. judicial power in the United States
    3. the responsibility of the U.S. Supreme Court
    4. the responsibility of the lower courts
    5. fundamental rights
    6. cases and controversies in the United States
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. The assessment of course learning goals is based on participation in classroom discussions, written exams, assignments, papers, and/or performance based tasks and projects.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    See course format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Review/Approval Date -11/98; Revised 4/2011