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WRITING ASSISTANCEDISABILITY SERVICESACADEMIC HONESTY AND INTEGRITYKENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITYDEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICECRJU 3315/02: CRIMINAL PROCEDURECRN: 11601Spring 2010T, Th.: 5:00 -6:15 p.m. Social Science Bldg. Room 3021Course SyllabusPROFESSOR: Dr. Christopher Totten, J.D., LL.M.OFFICE: Social Science Building, Rm. # 4069EMAIL: [email protected] PHONE: 770-420-4413OFFICE HOURS: Tues., Thurs.: 12:30 - 2:00 P.M. or by appointmentI. COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course addresses the following stages of criminal procedure and evidence: (1) methods and rules of police investigation and arrest; (2) pretrial screening of complaints: (3) formal charging of the accused; (4) adjudication - evidentiary requirements; (5) sentencing; and (6) appellate review by higher courts.II. COURSE PREREQUISITES CRJU 1101III. COURSE GOALSBy the end of the course, students should be able to:(1) Understand the American judicial system and criminal justice processes;(2) Examine specific procedural rules, their sources, and their application throughout the criminal justice process;(3) Explore constitutional rights of persons accused of criminal law violations;(4) understand the structure and organizational behaviors of the US Supreme Court as well asother components of the justice system; (5) understand the decision making process of the US Supreme Court and lower courts;(6) understand the roles courts and laws play in contributing to social order;(7) recognize the practical complexities of the roles of justice professionals;1(8) understand the ways in which rhetoric, politics and contemporary values affect law and justice;(9) understand the impact of US Supreme Court decisions and how they are applicable to the admissibility of evidence at a criminal trial;(10) understand the legislation, practice and impact of substantive and procedural law on justice;(11)understand the rationale of majority and dissenting court opinions;(12) have an overall comprehension of the impact of the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees ofdue process and equal protection;(13) understand the influence of the philosophy of states’ rights on court decisions;(14) recognize the importance of existing court decisions as precedent;(15) recognize and understand the ability of the US Supreme Court to change the interpretations of the law;(16) exhibit a degree of mastery related to the development and refinement of oral and written communication skills, with particular emphasis on persuasive argumentation supported by logic, legal precedent and scholarly research;(17) exhibit a degree of mastery related to the practical application of knowledge in ways that promote active leadership that effectuates positive change in the agencies of law, law enforcement, rehabilitation, governmental service, academia and research; (18) understand the impact of the judicial philosophy of individual judges on the interpretationof the Bill of Rights;(19) develop his/her own philosophy of constitutional interpretation;(20) understand the impact of US Supreme Court decisions on the activity of police officers incriminal investigation;(21) understand the varied points of view on a particular issue;(22) understand the impact of US Supreme Court decisions on the preparation by prosecutors and defense attorneys in criminal trials; and(23) understand the impact of US Supreme Court decisions on criminal trial judgesIV. COURSE OBJECTIVESAfter completing the course, students will be able to:1) understand the nature and extent of criminal procedure law in the United States;22) describe the interrelationships among the courts and other components of the criminal justice system such as the police and corrections;3) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the constitutional rights of a person subject to each component of the criminal justice system, from arrest through sentencing; 4) learn about various criminal justice careers and agencies and internship/volunteer and service learning opportunities related to the law; and5) understand the importance of judicial philosophy, politics and contemporary values on jurisprudence in the area of criminal procedure V. REQUIRED TEXTSJohn N. Ferdico, Henry Fradella, Christopher D. Totten, CRIMINAL PROCEDURE FOR THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROFESSIONAL (10th ed., Wadsworth/ Cengage Publg. 2009) VI. COURSE FORMAT AND REQUIREMENTS1) Attendance and Class Participation - All students are expected to come to each class preparedto discuss the assigned readings and participate in class exercises, including small group exercises as well as quizzes. Students will be assigned certain materials to complete and/ or present to the class as part of the class exercises. While some of the work for a particular exercise may, on occasion, have to be completed outside of class, students are required to be in attendance during the class session when the exercise is distributed by the professor in order to receive credit for that exercise. Furthermore, in each class, any student can expect to be called upon to lead the discussion on one or more of the readings and to answer questions posed by the instructor and other students. Class attendance and participation may count toward the final grade in the class. In addition, attendance and participation enhances learning, including active classroom learning. This means that when you are absent and/ or fail to participate, you are affecting adversely the learning of others. For these reasons, attendance is mandatory. Only three unexcused absences will be tolerated. Students who miss more than the allowable three absences (e.g., four or more absences) may have to complete additional assignments, including special written and oral assignments, at the professor’s discretion. Failure to complete these additional assignments will result in a determination that the particular student is not in compliance with the course attendance and participation policy, and thus not eligible for any course credit related to this component of the final grade (please see Grades/ Course Assessment section below) . Students are warned that the quantity of class participation is not determinative of a student's ability to earn credit for class participation; rather, the quality of participation is also taken into account. Examples of “quality,” or “meaningful,” class participation include but are not limited to: (1) actively and frequently


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