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 Course Title:   Constitutional Law

 Title Abbreviation:   CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

 Department:    CJ

 Course #:    204

 Credits:    3

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    3

 CIP:    430104

 EPC:    832

 REV:    2013

 Course Description  

Examination of the Washington State and U.S. Constitutions as they relate to criminal justice. Study of the myriad Supreme Court decisions, Constitutional amendments, and their importance to criminal justice.



Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the major systems for reporting supreme court cases and will demonstrate an ability, suitable to law enforcement officers, to write a brief account of such cases.
  2. Describe events leading to adoption of the US Constitution and Bill of Rights.
  3. Explain how constitutional questions reach the United States Supreme Court.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the void for vagueness doctrine, public forum, and the content neutrality principle.
  5. Relate the concept of investigative detention to the development and practice of the laws of arrest.
  6. Demonstrate a working knowledge of arrest and search and seizure and apply it to the concept of search incidental to arrest.
  7. Describe the historical aspects of the evolution of wiretapping and eavesdropping. Also relate the importance of governmental electronic surveillance and the general state of the law at a federal and state level.
  8. Develop a study and analysis of the US Constitution with special emphasis on those amendments to the Constitution, which affect the administration of justice.
  9. Study and review court decisions which interpret the constitution;
  10. Study and analysis of the principles and theories which limit the authority and powers of the state and local governments.
  11. Study of the specific guidelines that must be followed by those involved in the criminal justice process.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

0. Application and Integration

Definition: Applying information from one or more disciplines and/or field experiences in new contexts (Outcome 0.1); developing integrated approaches or responses to personal, academic, professional, and social issues (Outcomes 0.2-0.5).

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
0.3 Identify and evaluate the relationships among different perspectives within a field of study and among different fields of study.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.3 Evaluate information and its sources critically.
1.4 Evaluate issues (for example economic, legal, historic, social) surrounding the use of information.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.2 Analyze issues and develop questions within a discipline.
2.4 Evaluate decisions by analyzing outcomes and the impact of actions.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.
3.2 Recognize, produce and demonstrate appropriate interpersonal, group, and public speaking skills.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.2 Demonstrate standards of professionalism in manner, appearance, and setting appropriate to the context, including the classroom, workplace, and community.
6.4 Use self-reflection to recognize and define a sense of self-identity in personal, social/gender, and/or cultural/global terms and in relationship to others.

Course Contents

  1. Constitutional history.
  2. Authority to detain and arrest.
  3. Wiretapping and eavesdropping.
  4. Self-incrimination.
  5. Double jeopardy.
  6. Speech, press, assembly.
  7. Search and seizure.
  8. Interrogation and confessions.
  9. Assistance of council.