Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m. - 8:50 p.m.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will introduce the student to the judicial process and courts system in this country. Emphasis will be placed on the judicial system within the context of the criminal justice system. The textbook examines the history, traditions, and philosophy underlying our system of justice as it is played out in the criminal court.
COURSE OBJECTIVES: At the heart of the criminal justice system lie the courts. Those entering the criminal justice system will encounter our court system in some manner. A basic understanding of the history, organization and function of our court system is necessary for all citizens, particularly those who work in the CJ system.
COURSE TEXT REQUIRED: AMERICA’S COURTS AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM by David W. Neubauer (Thomson Wadsworth, 9th Edition 2007)
Six exams, one being the final exam, will be given. The final grade for the class will be determined by averaging the six exam grades. The exam format will include multiple choice, true/false, and/or short answer questions, with one exam consisting of five essay questions. Sample test questions will be provided prior to the first exam. Exam grades will be posted within one week of the exam. Make-up exams may be taken, with the prior approval of the instructor, within one week of the original exam date. No late make-up exams will be allowed.
GRADING SCALE: The following grading scale will be utilized:
85 to 100 - A
80 to 84 - B
70 to 79 - C
60 to 69 - D
59 or below - F
See make-up exam policy in the Grading Standards section.
ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS: The University’s Class Attendance policy, as set out on Pages 89 and 90 of the 2008 - 2010 Undergraduate Catalog, will be followed. Attendance records will be maintained. Should the need arise, the instructor will follow the University policy for dropping a student from class. That policy is found on Page 85 of the same catalog. If a student is absent during an exam, he or she must contact the instructor and make arrangements to make up the test before the next class. No make-up exams will be given after the next class.
CLASSROOM DECORUM: In addition to attending and participating, students are expected to conduct themselves during class in a professional and respectful manner. Cell phones and pagers must be turned off or set on vibrate during class. Personal music or entertainment devices are prohibited. Food and drinks are not allowed in the classroom.
HONESTY: Study partners or groups are encouraged. By preparing and reviewing with others, a student improves his or her study skills and gains the benefit of the viewpoint of other students. Students, however, are not permitted to give or receive information on exams, papers, etc. Cheating on exams or writing assignments, if any, will not be tolerated. A student who is caught cheating will be dropped from the class. The Midwestern State University Honor Creed states, “As an MSU student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else to do so.”
STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS: If you need special accommodations, it is your responsibility to contact your instructor and the Disability Services Office in a timely manner. All effort will be made to comply with appropriate and reasonable accommodation requests.
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA):
Midwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s disability and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act in its admission, accessibility and employment of individuals in programs and activities.