Course Number: CJ 105
Course Title: Criminal Law
Instructor: Judge M. Sue Kurita 543-3868 email: email@example.com
Term Dates: October15-December 3, 2005
Course Time: Saturdays 8:00a.m.- 12:30p.m.
I. Course Description
A survey of the history and nature of criminal law in the United States. Substantive criminal law, defenses, and criminal responsibility will be studied within the context of the criminal justice process and rules of evidence.
II. Course Goals
1 . To provide the student with an historical background of American criminal law.
2. To provide the student with a "working knowledge of the basic concepts of criminal law including the balancing of constitutional rights with the need for public order.
3. To provide the student with the knowledge of different crimes and the elements of the crimes.
III. Learning Objectives
1. The student completing the course of instruction will be able to demonstrate his/her knowledge of American criminal law concepts.
2. The student completing this course of instruction will be able to
Demonstrate his/her knowledge of the balancing of constitutional rights and
the needs for public order.
3. The student completing this course will be able to demonstrate his/her
Knowledge of the
major personalities, history, social events, etc. affecting the evolution of the American
criminal law through decisions of the US- Supreme Court.
IV. Course Arrangements
The class will consist of lecture and class discussion and participation.
V. Course Requirements
Students are required to read all assigned material prior to class and be prepared to discuss and brief the cases located at the end of each chapter.
Discussion of the chapter cases will the basis of the class participation grade.
Gardner, T. J., Anderson, T. M. Criminal Law Principles and Cases , West Publishing 8th Edition, 1999.
VII. Supplemental Resource Material List
Blacks Law Dictionary
Outside readings as assigned by Professor.
VIII. Class Policies
Class participation is required. Students are responsible for completing all reading assignments prior to class.
The Park College policy concerning class attendance will be strictly enforced.
Academic honesty is non-negotiable cheating will not be tolerated.
IX. Grading Policies
1. Mid-Term Exam 50%
2. Final Exam 50%
B 80%- 89%
F Below 60%
Criminal Law Class Meeting and Schedule
17 March Introduction & Chapter 1 Introduction
19 March Chapters 2-3 Purpose, Scope, and Sources; Essential Elements of a Crime
24 March Chapters 4-5 Criminal Liability; Criminal capacity to commit a crime
26 March Chapters 6-7 The Law Governing the use of Force: Other Criminal Defenses;
31 March Chapters 8 Punishment & Review
2 April Chapter 9 Jurisdiction
7 April Chapters 1-9 Review
9 April MIDTERM EXAM
14April Chapters 10-11 The Limits of Free Speech; Maintaining Public Order
16 April Chapters 12 The Limits of Other Freedoms
21 April Chapters 13 Homicide;
28 April Chapters 14 Assault, Battery C. A. P
30 April Chapters 15-17 Theft, Robbery, Shoplifting Fraud & Other Property Crimes
5 May Review Review
7 May Final Exam