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Course Details

Course Code: LSTD400 Course ID: 2537 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This is a procedural law course which includes an overview of the law of arrests, search, and seizure, the making of bail, adjudication, pre- and post-trial activities and the nature of plea bargaining. Substantial emphasis is given the constitutional protections afforded through the Bill of Rights. This course examines procedures used by American police, prosecutors, and courts to bring criminal cases to trial and explores some of the defendant’s rights at trial and on appeal. The course will consider the Common Law, constitutional, and statutory bases of procedural practices in American criminal law. The student will be exposed to a comprehensive overview of the processes involved in the use of criminal evidence including rules of evidence; arrests, searches, and seizures; interrogations, confessions, and non-testimonial evidence, impeachment and cross-examination of witnesses; opinion evidence; hearsay evidence; and articles and exhibits of evidence.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Start Month Session Weeks
03/29/2022 - 09/02/2022 09/05/2022 - 10/30/2022 September Summer 2022 Session D 8 Week session
04/26/2022 - 09/30/2022 10/03/2022 - 11/27/2022 October Fall 2022 Session B 8 Week session
05/21/2022 - 11/04/2022 11/07/2022 - 01/01/2023 November Fall 2022 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/2022 - 12/02/2022 12/05/2022 - 01/29/2023 December Fall 2022 Session D 8 Week session
07/25/2022 - 12/30/2022 01/02/2023 - 02/26/2023 January Winter 2023 Session B 8 Week session
08/29/2022 - 02/03/2023 02/06/2023 - 04/02/2023 February Winter 2023 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After completing this course the Student will be able to:

1. Define the meaning of Due Process in the Criminal System.

2. Paraphrase the history and purposes of the Fourth Amendment.

3. Classify the various exceptions to the requirement to obtain a warrant before search or seizure.

4. Describe the components of a reasonable arrest.

5. Outline the proper procedures necessary to obtain a search warrant.

6. Examine the nature and role of confessions in the criminal system.

7. Describe the various identification procedures used in the criminal system.

8. Give examples of remedies for violations of Constitutional rights.

9. Recite the various phases of a criminal court proceeding from before trial to after conviction.

Reading Requirements:

The Course Outline of this syllabus details the required reading assignments for the various weeks of the course. Each week of the course includes required readings found in the Content section for this course. In addition to the required readings, in most weeks of the course, the student is also required to review certain websites and cases that are listed under each week of the Course Content.

Discussions:

Questions and topics posed in the Discussions are designed to promote thought and insight. Students must provide a critical review of the questions, topics and issues posed and substantively reply to the contributions of at least three peers. Individual postings should include a full discussion of the content of the question posed and explain how it relates to the concepts in the weekly text readings and other resources. The postings should be analytic in nature and include comparisons/contrasts, and examples that can bolster your point. The Discussion is for your benefit and it is important to respond to the discussion topic and to engage others in a running dialogue.

Your initial post should be made by Wednesday this week. You should then respond to 3 or more posts. Note that at least one response to your classmates must be made before Sunday. If you make all of your responsive posts on Sunday, you will not earn full points for timeliness.

This can be accomplished by

· Validating with additional evidence from the literature.

· Posing a thoughtful question with commentary which generates further discussion.

· Providing an alternative point-of-view, with evidence and examples.

· Offering additional insight into how the concept might be understood, with evidence provided with real world examples.

You should be active in the classroom throughout the week and actively engaged in the back-and-forth discussion between your colleagues and the professor.

The discussion grading rubric can be found in gradebook by clicking on the discussion entry.

Assignments:

There is one written assignment for this class. The instructions can be found under the Assignments section of the classroom.

After completing this course the Student will be able to:

1. Define the meaning of Due Process in the Criminal System.

2. Paraphrase the history and purposes of the Fourth Amendment.

3. Classify the various exceptions to the requirement to obtain a warrant before search or seizure.

4. Describe the components of a reasonable arrest.

5. Outline the proper procedures necessary to obtain a search warrant.

6. Examine the nature and role of confessions in the criminal system.

7. Describe the various identification procedures used in the criminal system.

8. Give examples of remedies for violations of Constitutional rights.

9. Recite the various phases of a criminal court proceeding from before trial to after conviction.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
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Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.