CRJ 3950


(Prerequisites: CRJ 2000 Introduction to Criminal Justice, or equivalent; CRJ 3601 Criminal Law, or equivalent) This course examines the principles and practice of analysis of significant cases and trends in American constitutional law, with an emphasis in criminal justice, including search and seizure, arrest, and civil rights as well as the judiciary, first amendment, due process, and the judicial system.


  1. Summarize and analyze the historical context that led to the creation of the U.S. Constitution.
  2. Analyze the reasons for the establishment of the Bill of Rights and the need to guarantee freedoms.
  3. Explain and analyze the provisions of constitutional law and its relationship to enacting state laws.
  4. Explain the process of legislation and creation of law.
  5. Explain the guidelines on how to read a Supreme Court case.
  6. Distinguish and give examples of the differences between judicial, legislative and executive powers.
  7. Summarize and explain the protection of civil rights and liberties and due process.
  8. Explain the processes of freedom of individual expression and property rights.
  9. Describe and apply the use of the constitution to the criminal justice system and to contemporary society.
  10. Explain the authority and protections of arrest, search and seizure and right to counsel.





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