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. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
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. Course Learning Goals

    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.
  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 Course Learning Goals

    The assessment of course learning goals is based on participation in classroom discussions, written exams, assignments, papers, and/or performance based tasks and projects.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date -11/98; Revised 4/2011; New Core 8/2015