The Court System

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Course Description:
This course examines the history, traditions, and philosophy of the American Court System. Emphasis is on the roles of the prosecutor, judge, defense attorney, jurors, offenders and the public. This course focuses on the general themes of law on the books, law in action, and law in controversy.


Course Details


Lynn Wimberly

Virginia "Ginger" Hicks

Terri Whitehead


Required textbooks/ course materials:

Seigel, Larry J., Courts and Criminal Justice in America. 3rd Ed. Pearson Publishing, 2018. Print. ISBN: 9780134526751


Assignment/course outline:

See first-day handout.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

SS-01.0 Describe and discuss the Criminal Justice System.

SS-08.0 Describe and discuss the field of Criminal Law.

SS-12.0 Demonstrate oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

SS-13.0 Demonstrate basic computer skills and competency in common software applications.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Define the primary components of criminal justice and their primary responsibility.

Define and contrast civil and criminal proceedings.

Identify the legal elements of crimes.

Discuss the implications of constitutional case and statutory law and their relationships to the criminal justice system.

State the purpose of evidence.

Name and describe types of evidence.


SS-01.01, SS-12.0, SS-13.0

SS-08.02, SS-12.0

SS-08.05, SS-12.0

SS-08.06, SS-12.0

SS-09.01, SS-12.0

SS-09.02, SS-12.0, SS-13.0

Tests, Quizzes, Unit Tests, Writing Assignments, Homework


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

  • Read all assigned materials
  • Attend and participate in class discussions
  • Complete study guides and notes from class discussions and lectures
  • All courses taught under the auspices of the Social and Behavioral Sciences will include an oral component, oral presentations, and or classroom discussions. Note: Online and Distance Learning courses will not contain the oral component.

Assignment Schedule:

  • Lecture
  • Discussions
  • Case Law/Research
  • Videos
  • PowerPoint Presentations
  • Examinations


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