Interrogation: Engine of Justice?

HNR 260 - Interrogation: Engine of Justice?

MySlice Info:

Term: Spring 2016
Class #: 33274
Section: M003
Credits: 3

Kevin Kuehner

Counts toward:
HNR Soc Sci, Public Presentation

Course Time(s):
TH 5:00 - 7:50 pm


Course Description:

This course will explore the impact of modern psychological interrogation to induce criminal confessions. Students will critically analyze the role of confessions within the American criminal justice system. Legal case studies will be used to facilitate discussion and students will interact with professionals in the field of criminal justice. The course will begin with a brief examination of other forms of evidence and their relative merits, and will move into a deep exploration of the huge reliance of prosecutors on confessions. Students will discuss the “super evidence” status of confessions and the safeguards in American jurisprudence to ensure interrogation does not violate fundamental rights. Topics covered in this course will include: the judicial standards for identifying and prohibiting coercive interrogation; the distinction between physical and psychological coercion; and the implications of that distinction. To succeed in the course students will need to be highly engaged in group discussion and class projects and presentations. Counts as Critical Reflections for the Arts & Sciences Liberal Arts Core.