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POLS 204
Constitutional Law


Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 50

AA Discipline: [Social Sciences]

Lecture Hours:50


Description
Examination of the United States Constitution and amendments. Special attention is given to the effects of constitutional principles on civil society and the criminal justice system. Topics include: Historical overview, legal principles, due process, rights & liberties, and practical applications within the criminal justice system. Recommended: READ 088 or higher. Formerly PSCI 204.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Examine the historical evolution of constitutional principles, standards, and tests.
  • Define significant cases, legal terms, and chronologies in constitutional law.
  • Analyze both historical and modern judicial/legal reasoning.
  • Describe constitutional frameworks for criminal justice procedures and policies.
  • Articulate important & controversial constitutional issues.
  • Recognize important issues concerning civil rights and civil liberties.

  • Course Topics
  • Historical overview of the U.S. Constitution
  • Historical overview of the U.S. Legal system
  • Brief overview of the U.S. Court system and Supreme Court
  • Civil Rights & Civil Liberties
  • “Basic Freedoms” (1st & 2nd Amendments)
  • Due Process
  • Equal Protection, Incorporation, and the 14th Amendment
  • “Procedural” Amendments (4th – 8th)
  • Federalism, State’s Rights (9th & 10th Amendments)

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    POLS 204
    Spring 2012
    0107
    Jim Peitersen


    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini 
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini
     
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    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    **
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.