ADJ 227 Syllabus



Division:     Arts and Sciences                                                                                                                  Date:  February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught:  Administration of Justice


Course Number and Title:   ADJ 227, Constitutional Law for Justice Personnel


Credit Hours:  3             Hours/Wk Lecture:  3            Hours/Wk Lab:            Lec/Lab:



I.              Catalog Description: 

Surveys the basic guarantees of liberty described in the U.S. Constitution and the historical development of these restrictions on government power, primarily through U.S. Supreme Court decisions.  Reviews rights of free speech, press, assembly, as well as criminal procedure guarantees (to counsel, jury trial, habeas corpus, etc.) as they apply to the activities of those in the criminal justice system.  Lecture:  3 hours per week.


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught:

ADJ 227 is either a first or second semester course and is a required course in order to fulfill all requirements for an Associate in Applied Science degree in Administration of Justice.  ADJ 227 does not require any special experience, prerequisites or corequisites.


III.           Required Background:

ENG 111 eligibility


IV.          Course Content:


A.               History and General Application

B.               Freedom of Speech

C.               Authority to Detain and Arrest

D.               Search and Seizure

E.               Eavesdropping and Interception

F.                Interrogations and Confessions

G.               Compulsory Incrimination

H.               Right to Counsel

I.                  Trial and Punishment

J.                Federal Civil and Criminal Penalties

K.               Constitutional and Civil Rights

L.                Case Briefs

M.               Mock Trial


V.           Learner Outcomes


The student

VI.          Evaluation

A.               will understand the foundation of the American constitutional government

B.               will understand federal government constitutional processes as well as learn limitations on police powers

C.               will recognize Bill of Rights provisions as well as recognize limitations placed upon rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights

D.               will read and comprehend court cases from a constitutional as well as procedural law perspective

E.               will understand legal theories concerning the detention and arrest of suspects

F.                will understand complex laws relating to the seizure off persons and things and be introduced to protections for citizens via the fourth amendment to the U.S. Constitution

G.               will understand statutory laws and case decisions which will enable the ADJ 227 student to recognize the proper and improper use of electronic devices in carrying out public safety responsibilities

H.               will understand constitutional requirements concerning the use of investigative questioning and the purpose of questioning and interrogation as law enforcement tools will appreciate the scope of double jeopardy restrictions as provided in the U.S. Constitution and will understand the philosophy concerning the application of these restrictions

I.                  will apply constitutional law principles to a “mock trial” activity in Danville Circuit Court

J.                will understand the requirements of a fair trial and to understand the application of U.S. Supreme Court rules in the areas of:  speedy trial, public trial, jury trial

K.               will understand and apply self-incrimination rules which have grown out of major U.S. Supreme Court decisions

L.                will comprehend the laws as established by the U.S. Supreme in death penalty matters

M.               will understand various civil and criminal remedies which are available to persons who claim abuse by government officials and/or agencies of government

N.               will learn steps in completing a series of case brief assignments

Students will be evaluated by quizzes, examinations and papers on special projects as determined by faculty.


All students must complete systematic writing assignments beyond examinations as defined by faculty.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.


VII.          This course supports the following objectives:

            DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding