SRJC Course Outlines

7/5/2022 5:09:18 AMPLS 64 Course Outline as of Fall 2019

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  PLS 64Title:  THE AMERICAN JURY SYSTEM  
Full Title:  The American Jury System
Last Reviewed:8/28/2017

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum1.00Lecture Scheduled1.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled17.50
Minimum1.00Lab Scheduled02 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total1.00 Contact Total17.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  35.00Total Student Learning Hours: 52.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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This course will provide an overview of the evolution and current functions of the adversarial system that has evolved in the U.S. as a means of settling disputes.  The grand jury, the criminal petit jury, and the civil petit jury will be explored.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100 and Course Completion or Concurrent Enrollment in PLS 50

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course will provide an overview of the evolution and current functions of the adversarial system that has evolved in the U.S. as a means of settling disputes.  The grand jury, the criminal petit jury, and the civil petit jury will be explored.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100 and Course Completion or Concurrent Enrollment in PLS 50
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Summer 2011Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1.  Explain the role juries play in the American criminal and civil systems.
2.  Identify criteria commonly utilized in the jury selection process.
3.  Draft jury questions to prepare juror questionnaire.
 

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Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:      
1. Locate and report jury verdicts in anticipation of trial.
2. Create and utilize a jury chart.
3. Perform effectively and professionally with jury selection experts and counsel in the jury
    selection process.
4. Provide ongoing reports during trial and post-trial based on observation.

Topics and Scope
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I. Course Overview and Vocabulary
II. History
     A. Laws of William the Conqueror
      B. Assize of Clarendon
      C. Magna Carta
      D. Declaration of Independence
      E. U.S. Constitution
         1. Bill of Rights
          2. 14th Amendment
III. Right to a Jury Trial
    A. Qualifications and criteria
    B. Duncan v. Louisiana
IV. Grand Juries
    A. Criminal
     B. Civil
V. Petit Jury
    A. Voir Dire/Jury Selection
         1. Drafting jury questionnaires
         2. Submission of jury questions
         3. Mock juries
         4. Jury consultants
         5. Challenges
    B. Death-Qualified Jury
    C. Jury Instructions
    D. Jury Deliberations
    E. Jury Verdicts - Jury nullification
    F. Juror Misconduct
    G. Juror Interviews
    H. The Jury Chart
    I. Jury Observation During Trial
    J. Post-Trial Interviews
VI. Selected Notorious Trials
VII. The Vanishing Jury Trial
    A. Alternative Dispute Resolution
    B. Bench Trials
    C. Limitations on Access

Assignments:
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1. Research and analyze jury verdicts for assigned cases and report findings in writing and orally
2. Draft sample jury questions based on fact pattern presented
3. Create a jury chart
4. Engage with jury selection experts and counsel in the jury selection process.
5. Provide ongoing reports during trial and post-trial based on observation.
6. Participate in group work and class discussions
7. Quizzes (1-2)

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
20 - 30%
Written report on jury verdicts
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
30 - 50%
Analysis of jury verdicts, formulate jury questions and jury selection process, jury chart
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
15 - 20%
Quizzes
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
15 - 20%
Participation and group work


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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The American Jury System. Jonakait, Randolph. Yale University Press. 2016
Instructor Prepared Materials

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