SOC200-01 Course Information

Title:Introduction to Law and Criminal Justice

J-Term 2017: Focusing on the structure of the US court systems and the processes involved in the functioning and decision making of the courts, students will learn about the history and structure of the US courts, constitutional law, criminal law and historic court decisions, basic legal concepts such as due process and the right to counsel, and civil and criminal procedure. Students will visit local government and related agencies, crime scene investigation departments and research groups as well as observe live court cases. Students will review past court cases and learn about different and sometimes competing perspectives regarding each case. This is a particularly useful course for those interested in studying law or criminal justice. Students will need access to transportation to local destinations.