Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
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: The course will be lecture/discussion/debate format. Students are expected to participate in class discussions pertaining to the lectures and reading material. Random questions will be directed to students to assess knowledge and opinion. Appropriate, friendly debate is encouraged and is part of the learning process. ANY CLASS DISCUSSION AND OPINIONS EXPRESSED ARE SUBJECT TO EXAM TESTING.
Learning Outcomes:The student should be able to: (1) Describe the foundation of laws in the United States. (2) Discuss the role of the U. S. Constitution and the evolution of Supreme Court decisions on criminal law.
Course Assessment: Exams will be comprised from lecture, class discussion, and assigned readings. Supplemental information and material introduced will be included on exams. Exam formats will be multiple choice, matching, fill in the blank, and short answer.
Grading: Each exam will be weighted equally.
Late Submission of Course Materials: All exams must be taken on assigned date. Exams missed due to extreme, emergency situations (supplemented by documentation) may be handled by the instructor on a case-by-cases basis.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Roll will be taken at the beginning of each class. Each student is allowed two tardies. Thereafter, a student not present at the time roll is called will be counted absent. Each student is expected to be on time and prepared. Class lecture is extremely important and heavily weighted on each exam. Regular attendance can directly influence the student's knowledge on exams.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Readings and assignments will be announced at the end of each class. Every chapter in the book will be covered and students are encouraged to read ahead.
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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87
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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89
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