Over the course of the term, this
course has focused on the concepts of Individual Rights as protected under the
Bill of Rights, as well as the role of the legal systems and its unrelenting
pursuit of Social Order. Each concept balances the other to ensure that rules,
institutions, and public initiatives can be executed in a standardized and
judicious manner for the benefit of a civilized society.
Review the following in preparation
to follow a systematic approach to your synthesis of law and fact:
D. J., Hartley, R. D., & Rabe, G.A. (2012). Chapter 1 Law: The Legal Battlefield. In
Criminal courts: Structure, process,
and issues (3rd ed.). Upper
Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.
Write a ten to fifteen (10-15) page
paper in which you:
- Explain the difference in individual
rights and social order, and examine the major effects of both on the legal
- Choose one (1) of the social
controls discussed within Chapter 1, and give your opinion as to the amendment
which offers the most protection of the social control that you selected.
Address whether the chosen Amendment is simply an instrument of protection to
ensure that the rights and liberties of citizens are secure, whether it provides
a framework to facilitate citizen / governmental interactions, or both. Explain
- Discuss the essentials ways in which
the law effectuates social change in American society through judicial activism.
Provide a rationale for the response.
- Examine the overall importance of
both substantive law and procedural law. Suggest three (3) ways in which these
two (2) types of laws can protect both individual rights and social order.
Discuss the invaluable aspects of substantive and procedural in keeping the
adversarial system in balance while protecting individual rights and social
order. Justify the response.
- Analyze the key differences between
criminal law, civil law, and administrative law. Discuss the role of each when
criminal and administrative law or civil and administrative law intersects in
the litigation process.Propose two (2) ways in which these three (3) types of
laws protect individual rights and social order. Justify the
- Review the three (3) functions of
law. Explain the essential manner in which the law overall ensures the existence
of adequate order, provides resolutions to conflicts, and protects civil
liberties (e.g., freedom of thought, belief, expression, and assembly;
protection against unreasonable searches and seizures; and provisions for a
court hearing prior to government taking of property) as set forth in the U.S.
- Debate whether or not social
control(s), as a function of law, play a fundamentally positive/creative role or
negative / restrictive role in the development of modern American law. Provide a
rationale for the response.
- Use at least two (2) quality
references. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not quality
as academic resources.
Your assignment must follow these
- Be typed, double spaced, using Times
New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and
references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor
for any additional instructions.
- Include a cover page containing the
title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course
title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in
the required assignment page length.
The specific course learning
outcomes associated with this assignment are:
- Analyze the functions of law and
identify various types of law.
- Describe the structure of American
courts, including federal and state courts, and explain court
- Use technology and information
resources to research issues in U.S. courts.
- Write clearly and concisely about
U.S. courts using proper writing mechanics and APA style
Grading for this assignment
will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and language
and writing skills, using the following rubric.
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view the rubric.