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Effective Term:
Fall 2014 through Winter 2017

Course Number:
CJA 225
Course Title:
Criminal Justice and the United States Constitution
Credit Hours:
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Course Description

Provides a broad overview of United States Constitutional Law as it relates to professions in the criminal justice field. Focuses on those Articles and Amendments related to criminal justice that limit government authority. Audit Available.

Addendum to Course Description

This course is designed to provide a broad overview of Constitutional Law as it relates to criminal justice. The focus will be on the Articles and First", Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and Tenth Amendments. Most of the legal analysis will be done through the study of judicial opinions from case law interpreting the Constitution. Students will be provided with opportunities to evaluate the purpose, intent and effectiveness of the various amendments and US Supreme Court cases.
This course is a requirement for completing an A.A.S. degree. Course work may include, but is not limited to, the use of texts, the US and Oregon Constitutions, journal articles, lecture, group discussions and activities, videos, guest speakers, field trips," community volunteer work and student presentations.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion", students will be able to:

  • Research basic constitutional questions related to criminal justice.
  • Protect the constitutional rights of citizens
  • Use an understanding of the limitations placed on government authority by the U.S. Constuitution in order to practice in a criminal justice field.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Objective and subjective examinations"," written assignments and projects.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

This course will address topics including", but not limited to,

  • The History, Structure, and Content of the United States Constitution
  • State and Federal Constitutional Freedoms of Speech", Press, Religion and Assembly
  • State and Federal Constitutional Authority to Detain and Arrest and Requirements for Stops and Arrests by Law Enforcement Personnel
  • State and Federal Constitutional Requirements for Search and Seizure of Persons", Vehicles, and Other Property
  • State and Federal Constitutional Right to Counsel for the Accused in a Criminal Action
  • State and Federal Constitutional Rights in the Trial and Punishment Phases
  • State and Federal Criminal and Civil Remedies for Unconstitutional Conduct of Criminal Justice Personnel
  • Major Judicial Decisions in Federal Constitutional Law