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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 13 462-50012/13 Review for Final Exam 12/15 FINAL EXAMNOTE: 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 101Academic 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 101Students 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.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100
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