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CJ 105 Criminal Law
Schlicht, James O.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

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Course CJ 105 Criminal Law
Semester F2H2005
Faculty Schlicht, James O.
Title Professor of Criminal Justice/Adjunct Faculty
Degrees/Certificates B.A., Political Science, University of Kentucky, 1975
J.D., Duquesne University, 1978
Office Location 43 Planters Circle, Beaufort, SC 29907
Office Hours By Appointment
Daytime Phone (843)524-1752
Other Phone None
E-Mail schlicht@park.edu
joschl1@yahoo.com
Semester Dates 24 October - 18 December, 2005
Class Days -T-R---
Class Time 5:00 - 7:30 PM
Perquisites None
Credit Hours 3

Textbook:
Samaha, Joel: Criminal Law, Eighth Edition, Wadsworth, 2005

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
Library sources, World Wide Web sources, etc. as recommended.

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.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
Class participation is essential if students expect to get anything meaningful out of this course.  Participation, in turn, is dependent upon preparation.  It is CRITICAL that assignments be read BEFORE class.  Progress will be measured based upon participation and examinations.  

Learning Outcomes:
First in the course we will examine the nature and limits of criminal law with particular emphasis on constitutional limits imposed upon US criminal law.  We will then analyze the general principles of criminal liability:  actus reus, mens rea, concurrence, and causation as the basis for criminal liability.  We will then determine who are the chargeable parties to a crime and the imposition of vicarious criminal liability for the acts of others.  The class will then explore the inchoate crimes of attempt, conspiracy, and solicitation with a view toward understanding the elements of these crimes and the rationale for imposition of criminal liability.  Once we have come this far, we will be in a position to begin our analysis of the defenses revolving around justification and excuse, thus completing the first half of the semester.  We will then change focus to examine specific crimes by studying the actus reus and mens rea required for the imposition of criminal liability for each.  Specifically, we will analyze crimes against persons including homicide, criminal sexual conduct, bodily injury, and physical restraint.  We will then move on to analyze crimes against property such as larceny, and crimes against public order and morals such as disorderly conduct, panhandling, and prostitution and solicitation.  We will complete the semester with an analysis of crimes against the state such as treason and espionage with a special emphasis on terrorism and its related crimes.

Course Assessment:
Students who wish to pass this course MUST read all assignments prior to class, participate in class discussions, take and pass the midterm and final examinations, and meet Park University attendance requirements.

Grading:
Midterm Exam:  40%; Final Exam:  50%; Participation:  10%.

 A=90-100%; B=80-89%; C=70-79%; D=60-69%; F=<60%

Anything in the readings or developed in class is fair game for the exams.  Due to the nature of this course and the importance of material covered early on, the final exam will be comprehensive.  I reserve the right to permit students to do one VOLUNTARY extra-credit assignment of my choosing during the course of the semester.  The maximum extra credit that may be earned is 10 points.  The extra-credit project will be available on or after November 22, and will be due on December 13.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Missing an examination is very serious, and the ability to take a make-up exam depends upon an acceptable showing of an extreme situation.  Unexpected TAD, illness, or a family emergency are examples of extreme situations.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to be on time for class, to maintain proper order and decorum in the classroom, and to be properly attired. Cell phones and pagers are to be turned off or set to vibrate during class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
DATE     TOPIC                          CHAPTER           PAGES
10/25    Nature and Pruposes of          1                   1-24 
            Criminal Law
10/27    Constitutional Limits on          2                 25-53 
            Criminal Law
11/01    General Principles; Actus     3-4                 54-113 
            Reus, Mens Rea,
            Concurrence, Causation 
11/03    Parties to Crime;                   5                 114-144 
            Vicarious Liability
11/08    Uncompleted Crimes             6                 145-189 
            (Attempt, Conspiracy,
             Solicitation)
11/10    Defenses to Criminal            7,8                190-280 
            Liability
           (Justification,Excuses)
11/15    Review for Midterm
11/17    MIDTERM EXAMINATION 
11/22    Homicide                             9                   281-331 
11/24    Criminal Sexual Conduct     10                   332-372 
11/29    Burglary & Arson                11                   373-423 
12/01    Crimes against Property                            
12/06    Crimes against Public         12                   424-461
            Order and Morals 
12/08    Crimes Against the State    13                   462-500
12/13    Review for Final Exam
12/15    FINAL EXAM

NOTE:  The above schedule is subject to modification to meet class needs.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.  
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101
Academic dishonesty can haunt you for the rest of your career; it is simply not worth the risk.

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101
Students are hereby given FAIR WARNING that I will not tolerate plagiarism or any other form of cheating, and that the LEAST a plagiarist or cheater can expect to receive is a FAILING GRADE IN THE COURSE!  Failing grades will be reported to the appropriate agency, and could result in monetary consequences for the student.

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100


If you miss class, please contact me if at all possible before class.  Missing an examination is very serious, and I expect prior notice if at all possible.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply.  Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance.  These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal.  It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply.  Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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