2023-2024 Pierce College Catalog 
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2023-2024 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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CJ 120 Constitutional Rights (5 credits)

Distribution Area Fulfilled General Transfer Elective
Course Description
This course focuses on Constitutional Principles found in the Bill of Rights and the 14th Amendment, which are closely related to the Criminal Justice System. These basic principles and their connections to Social Justice and Restorative Justice will be examined.

Course Content
Constitutional history and content: 2nd and 14th Amendments
Constitutional Law principles and their relationship to social justice and equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Freedom of speech: 1st Amendment
Law of Arrest, Search and Seizure, and Surveillance: 4th Amendment
Interrogations and Confessions: 5th Amendment
Right to Counsel and issues of social justice
Trial and Punishment: 6th and 8th Amendments
The 8th Amendment and Restorative Justice models and principles

Student Outcomes
1. Analyze the history and evolution of Constitutional Law through an intersectional and multicultural lens.

2. Use a social justice framework to examine individual Constitutional Rights and the implementation of these rights on diverse groups of people.

3. Relate how their positionality, biases, values, and beliefs impacts their view of Constitutional Principles in relation to Social Justice and Restorative Justice.

4. Communicate diverse perspectives on how the issue of Constitutional Law impacts all people through historical, intersectional, and multicultural lenses.

Degree Outcomes
Program Outcomes: Graduates will critically evaluate past, present and future discrimination and privilege of individuals, societies, groups and institutions.

Critical, Creative, and Reflective Thinking: Graduates will evaluate, analyze, synthesize, and generate ideas; construct informed, meaningful, and justifiable conclusions; and process feelings, beliefs, biases, strengths, and weaknesses as they relate to their thinking, decisions, and creations.

Intercultural Engagement: Graduates demonstrate self-efficacy in intercultural engagement to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion through reflections and expressions of cultural humility, empathy, and social and civic engagement and action. Further, graduates examine how identities/positionalities such as races, social classes, genders, sexual orientations, disabilities, and cultures impact perceptions, actions, and the distribution of power and privilege in communities, systems, and institutions.

Global Citizenship: Graduates will be able to critically examine the relationship between self, community, and/or environments, and to evaluate and articulate potential impacts of choices, actions, and contributions for the creation of sustainable and equitable systems.

Lecture Contact Hours 50
Lab Contact Hours 0
Clinical Contact Hours 0
Total Contact Hours 50

Potential Methods
A. Instructor evaluation of participation
B. Peer evaluation of presentation
C. Objective examinations and quizzes
D. Group & Individual projects/papers
E. Group & Individual presentations.

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