U.S. Government: Crime, Law and the Constitution

Course No: 5453
Subject: Social Science
Grade Level: 12
Course Length: Semester
Course Type: Elective
UC/CSU Subject Approval: A
Prerequisite: Introduction to Ethnic Studies, Modern World History, and US Histories & Cultures
Criteria for Enrollment: None
Fulfillments: US Government requirement

U.S. Govt: Crime, Law and the Constitution evaluates the origin and application of due process rooted in British law and found in the United States Constitution. The course will analyze issues related to the federal and state criminal justice systems including: policing, arrest, arraignment, trial, sentencing, and incarceration/alternative rehabilitation. At the federal level, students will evaluate the impact of federal laws such as the 1994 Crime Bill and precedents set by Supreme Court cases. At the state level, students will examine key California laws such as the Three Strikes Law.  Case studies will include recent trials, and the coursework will include field trips and guest experts from the Bay Area. Students will participate in a mock trial and produce a research based podcast or documentary related to criminal justice.