- Basic Course Information
- This course is a study of the court system as it applies to the structures, procedures, practices and sources of law in American courts, using federal and Texas statutes and case law.
- Prerequisites: None
- Student Learning Outcomes
- Describe the American judicial systems (civil, criminal, and juvenile), their jurisdiction, development and structure.
- Analyze the function and dynamics of the courtroom work group.
- Identify judicial processes from pretrial to appeal.
- Describe the significant Constitutional Amendments, doctrines, and other sources of law in the American judicial system.
- Online Testing Requirements
- The midterm and final exam must be proctored by an approved testing organization. (Ask your instructor for more details.)
- Students are not allowed to use their book or notes of any kind while taking their proctored tests and exams.
- Course Requirements
- Exams – there are two major exams, one at midterm and the other at finals, each with 100 multiple choice questions covering eight chapters of the text apiece
- Writing assignments – There is a 1500 word writing assignment due before the end of the course based on topics offered by the instructor and chosen by the student.
- Collaborative exercises – There are eleven discussion forum assignments designed for the students to interact with one another on topics chosen and posed by the instructor in a discussion format.
- Reading quizzes – There are 15 chapter reading quizzes in true or false format to test student comprehension of the text material
- Information on Books and Other Course Materials
- Required Book: Courts and Criminal Justice in America, Siegel, 1st Ed., (ISBN-10: 013174576X, ISBN-13: 9780131745766)
- Other Policies, Procedures and important dates. Please refer to the WTC Catalog for the following:
- Campus Calendar
- Final exam schedule
- How to drop a class
- Withdrawal information
- Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
- Students with disabilities
- Course Organization and Tentative Schedule*
||Ch1: Legal Foundations; reading quiz 1; discussion forum 1
||Ch2: Who Controls the Courts?; reading quiz 2; forum 2
||Ch3: Federal Courts; reading quiz 3; forum 3
||Ch 4. State Courts; reading quiz 4; forum 4
||Ch 5. Juvenile Courts; reading quiz 5; forum 5
||Ch 6. Specialized Courts; reading quiz 6; forum 6
||Ch 7. Judges; reading quiz 7; forum 7
||Ch 8. Prosecutors; reading quiz 8; forum 8
||Ch 9. Defense Attorneys; reading quiz 9; Midterm Exam
||Ch 10. Defendants and Victims: Their Roles and Rights; reading quiz 10; forum 9
||Ch 11. Arrest and Beyond; reading quiz 11; forum 10
||Ch 12. Plea Bargaining and Guilty Pleas; reading quiz 12; forum 11
||Ch 13. The Jury and the Trial; reading quiz 13; forum 12
||Ch 14 Differential Treatment and Wrongful Convictions; reading quiz 14; Research Paper Due
*The above schedule, policies, procedures, and assignments in this course are subject to change.
May 9, 2019