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CRJ 4633: CONSTITUTIONAL CRIMINAL PROCEDURE COURSE OUTLINE FALL 2020 ADJUNCT PROFESSOR: Lori I. Valenzuela, Judge CLASS DAY/TIME: Tuesday, 6:00-8:45PM OFFICE HOURS: By Appointment CONTACT: [email protected] (210) 335-2720 LOCATION: Online/Hybrid COURSE OVERVIEW AND OBJECTIVES: OVERVIEW: The Constitution provides for criminal procedure to serve as a balance between due process and crime control. The law of criminal procedure is designed to balance the important governmental function of maintaining law and order while simultaneously protecting the rights of individuals. This course consists of a substantively oriented discussion of criminal procedure under the United States Constitution. OBJECTIVES: To provide students with a fundamental understanding of the legal concepts underlying criminal procedure. Through the study of caselaw in the materials and class attendance, the student will understand criminal procedure as provided for in the Constitution, identify ideas supporting search and seizure, arrest and search warrants, and apply substantive knowledge to actual criminal scenarios. CRJ 4633-Course Outline-Page 1
As the student enters the justice system as a professional, the student will be equipped to successfully discuss: the origins of criminal law, rights afforded to an individual accused of a crime, explain how due process serves both governmental bodies and individuals with an appreciation for why the Founding Fathers insisted upon the individual rights accorded in the Constitution. REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: Criminal Procedure (10 th Edition-Cengage Learning) Joel Samaha [A large portion of the exams are taken directly from the text. As such, a personal copy of the text-hard copy or ebook-is essential to the successful completion of this course.] INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS: This course will consist of the traditional lecture/discussion format, required readings, individual assignments, and examinations. There will be 10 synchronous classes as listed in the Course Schedule. All assignments and examinations will be posted on Blackboard. GRADING: There will be two (2) examinations in this class. Examinations will consist of multiple choice, true or false, and/or essay questions. Discussion Questions will be thought-provoking questions that encourage opinions on a particular issue. Each response to a Discussion Question must be answered in 500 words or less. The Class Project will require each student to review a current event or a landmark criminal case by outlining the facts, identifying the rule of law, isolating the legal issue(s), and discussing constitutional rights and ramifications. Midterm Examination (Chapters 1-7): 100 points Final Examination (Comprehensive-Chapters 1-15): 200 Discussion Questions: 15 points each (60 possible points) Class Project: 35 points Friendly Five: 5 points TOTAL POSSIBLE POINTS: 400 CRJ 4633-Course Outline-Page 2
GRADING SCALE: A-350-400 B-300-349 C-250-299 D-200-249 F-0-199 MAKE-UP EXAMINATIONS: Make-up examinations will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis, generally requiring a DOCUMENTED emergency. The instructor must be notified (via phone or e-mail) PRIOR to the examination being given and, if approved, the make-up examination may be given in an alternative format. STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES: ONLINE CLASSROOM CIVILITY: Every student is expected to comply with the UTSA Code of Student Conduct. All students are to exercise self-discipline and to respect the rights of others. Additionally: 1. All cell phones must be turned off during lectures and other online discussions. 2. No recording during lectures except by permission of the instructor. 3. Viewing of unrelated videos or programs on any type of electronic device is prohibited while class is in session. 4. The student is responsible for maintaining an online classroom environment that is conducive to learning. Students must refrain from engaging in disruptive behavior of any kind. Inappropriate or disruptive behavior may result in disciplinary action, which may include involuntarily being withdrawn from the class and/or being referred to Student Judicial Affairs. PREPARATION: All the assigned readings must be read AHEAD of the schedule provided in the course outline. ATTENDANCE: Some exam questions are taken from the lectures in class, guest speakers, and other materials not found in the textbook. Therefore, class attendance is in the best interest of the student. Each student will need to be prepared to discuss the assigned material and participate in class. SCHOLASTIC DISHONESTY: Students are expected to be above reproach in their scholastic work. Student may be disciplined or dismissed for violations of the University rules on scholastic dishonesty. The Regent's Rules and Regulations defines scholastic dishonesty as CRJ 4633-Course Outline-Page 3
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