Court Systems & Practices
Updated April 24, 2012
- State Approval Code: 2201015400
- Semester Credit Hours: 3
- Lecture Hours per Week: 3
- Contact Hours per Semester: 48
Basic Intellectual Compentencies in the Core Curriculum
- Critical thinking
Perspectives in the Core Curriculum
- Establish broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which he/she lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.
- Stimulate a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.
- Develop personal values for ethical behavior.
- Develop the ability to make aesthetic judgments.
- Use logical reasoning in problem solving.
- Integrate knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.
Core Components and Related Exemplary Educational Objectives
Communication (composition, speech, modern language)
- To participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.
Social and Behavioral Sciences
- To examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods, social structures, and cultures.
- To comprehend the origins and evolution of U.S. and Texas political systems, with a focus on the growth of political institutions, the constitutions of the U.S. and Texas, federalism, civil liberties, and civil and human rights.
- To analyze, critically assess, and develop creative solutions to public policy problems.
- To recognize and assume one's responsibility as a citizen in a democratic society by learning to think for oneself, by engaging in public discourse, and by obtaining information through the news 4 media and other appropriate information sources about politics and public policy.
Instructional Goals and Purposes
Panola College's instructional goals include 1) creating an academic atmosphere in which students may develop their intellects and skills and 2) providing courses so students may receive a certificate/an associate degree or transfer to a senior institution that offers baccalaureate degrees.
General Course Objectives
2. Identify the roles of judicial officers.
3. Identify the trial processes from pretrial to sentencing.
4. Interpret the role of evidence.
Specific Course Objectives
2. Explain and discuss the structure of the American court system (understands systems)
3. Define and discuss prosecution (interprets and communicates information)
4. Explain and discuss the right to counsel (interprets and communicates information)
5. Explain pre-trial release (listens, speaks) 6. describe and discuss grand juries (listens, reads, organizes and maintains information)
6. Define and discuss the adjudication process (interprets and communicates information)
7. Identify and define the types and rules of evidence (interprets and communicates information)
8. Explain and discuss sentencing. (listens, speaks)
General Description of Each Lecture or Discussion
Your grade will be determined from:
Tests and Final Exam, Written Assignment(s) and Participation. Participation portion of your grade are calculated subjectively, based on attendance, participation, and preperation.