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2014-2015 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2014-2015 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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SO 405 - Law & Society

This course is designed to examine the nature, functions, limitations, and objectives of law using a multi-disciplinary approach. A great deal of time will be spent critically evaluating and discussing the theoretical perspectives of law, the organization of law, the perspectives of lawmaking, how law is utilized in terms of a mechanism of social control, how law is utilized in dispute resolution, and how law is utilized as a social change mechanism. Attention will also be spent on examining the legal profession and its connection with the rise and development of legal systems. Lastly, the course will take a look at how law can be researched to better our understanding of law, society, and social policy.

Assignment Overview
Assignments: 5 Units
Interactivity: Discussion Boards
Final Assessment: Final Paper

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Have a brief understanding of the history behind criminal law and procedure as well as display an understanding of the requirements for warrants and field interrogations.
  • Demonstrate, through essays, that you have adequate knowledge of the procedural issues dealing with arrests/bookings, vehicle searches, and evidence (not covered by a reasonable expectation of privacy).
  • Display, through essays, knowledge of the legalities involved in eavesdropping and wiretapping, varying expectations of privacy (international borders and closed containers), and a defendant’s right against self-incrimination.
  • Explore and demonstrate knowledge relative to identification procedures, a defendant’s right to counsel, other criminal trial issues, and First Amendment issues.
  • Have thorough knowledge of the Exclusionary Rule and the Civil Rights Act. This will be demonstrated through both essays and the Position Paper.

Credits: 3

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