CCCOnline LogoCourse Snapshot for CRJ210 - Constitutional Law

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Course Competencies

The competencies you will demonstrate in this course are as follows:

  1. Analyze the United States Constitution applying landmark decisions.
  2. Discuss basic terms and concepts related to the fundamentals of Constitutional Law.   
  3. Illustrate the application of the Separation of Powers Doctrine and the Bill of Rights from ratification to the present.
  4. Critique the application of rights to criminal defendants as defined by the United States Constitution.
Learning concepts for this course are enchanced using ebooks, websites, and online discussions.

Module Outcomes Mapped to Competencies

Module 1
Outcomes Competencies
1 Analyze a landmark case regarding judicial review (Marbury v. Madison) A
2 Explain the importance of the origins of the Constitution and its applicability to modern society B
3 Examine the Bill of Rights and its limits B
4 Describe the role of the U.S. Supreme Court and its authority to rule on Constitutional issues from both state and Federal Courts B
Module 2
Outcomes Competencies
1 Explain the landmark case of Engel v. Vitale A
2 Apply understanding of Engel v. Vitale to the concept of separation of powers C
3 Discuss whether there should be limitations in regards to freedom of speech D
Module 3
  Outcomes Competencies
1 Discuss a landmark case pertaining to illegal searches. A
2 Apply the Second Amendment to gun control laws. B
3 Identify corresponding Constitutional law, Bill of Rights, and Separation of Powers Doctrine information in relation to various legal issues. A, B, C, D
Module 4
  Outcomes Competencies
1 Explain the case of Brown v. Mississippi and how it relates to individual rights. D
2 Explain whether or not the Patriot Act conforms to the concept of separation of powers and if constitutional rights are violated. C
3 Explain how information can be obtained legally by law enforcement and what the limits are on obtaining information. A
Module 5
  Outcomes Competencies
1 Apply the concept of due process and crime control to different constitutional amendments and relate them to individual rights. A, B, C, D
2 Analyze a landmark case and demonstrate an understanding of constitutional rights and separation of powers. A, B, C, D
3 Identify corresponding Constitutional law, Bill of Rights, and Separation of Powers Doctrine information in relation to various legal issues.  A, B, C, D
4 Discuss the cases relating to the death penalty -  is it cruel and unusual punishment? B

Course Time Commitment and Expectations

The semester schedule for this course may be 15 weeks, 10 weeks, or 6 weeks in duration. Based on the course format, this table shows the approximate amount of time you should plan to spend per week on this course. This includes time to read/listen to the online content, participate in discussion forums, complete all assignments, and study the course material.

For accelerated courses, the amount of time required per week is greater. Note that regardless of course format, the course material is the same and all course competencies, module outcomes, and assignments will be covered.

Course Activity Hours and Student Learning Hours
Course Credit Hours Course Format (Duration) Pace Relative to a 15 Week Course Course Activity Hours Student Learning Hours Per Week
3 15 Weeks - 135 8.5 to 9.5
3 10 Weeks 1.5x faster 135 12.5 to 14.5
3 6 Weeks 2.5x faster 135 21 to 24

Aside from typical reading assignments, this course has the following (Please Note: This list is subject to change based on the discretion of the instructor facilitating this course.):

Summary of Grading
Assignment Points Percent
Discussions (6 @ 25 points each) 150 18%
Exams (2 @ 100 points each) 200 23%
Assignments (8 @ 50 points each) 400 47%
Term Paper (1 @ 100 points) 100 12%
TOTAL 850 100%


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