Through this advanced academic course, students will have the opportunity to see the basic workings of the American legal system by examining and learning the key concepts of criminal law and the corrections-practices that follow a conviction. Areas of emphasis will include: the development of American criminal law; investigatory practices used for obtaining evidence; the criminal trial process; sentencing and punishment; the American corrections system; the appellate process; victims' rights; the setting of legal precedents; landmark court cases (i.e. - Miranda vs. Arizona, Mapp vs. Ohio), etc. Class activities and assignments will include various individual tasks (i.e. - research papers, case studies, presentations), extensive readings, lecture and note-taking sessions, quizzes, exams, and possible mock-trials, as well as guest speakers from various sectors of the field and possible excursions to criminal court proceedings, correctional facilities, etc.