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Course Instructor

Course Curriculum

Justice & the Constitution is a unique course that explores the United States Constitution and its relationship with our current judicial system.  The course examines the Constitution and Bill of Rights from the perspective of the application of those rights in criminal and civil cases.  Students discuss the application of the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments as they relate to a current criminal or civil case, and the Supreme Court cases that shape current decisions.

Students experience hands-on activities, guest speakers, and lectures that are focused on the application of the amendments and the career-fields that are impacted by their application.  Students may participate in a variety of roles as part of this course:

  • Police Officer

  • Crime Scene Technician

  • Detective

  • Reporter

  • Editor

  • Cameraperson

  • Prosecutor

  • Defense Attorney

  • Judge

  • Jury Member


This course is available as an Early College Start class (3 credit hours) through Lindenwood University.  This class will count toward a major or free elective depending upon program.

High School students must check with their high school to see if this course will count toward high school credit.

If you have questions, please contact the course instructor:

Darren Marhanka

Associate Professor, Criminal Justice

(636) 949-4984

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