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CJ 105 Criminal Law
Rickrich, Carl W.,, II


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.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

CJ 105 Criminal Law

Semester

S1DD 2008 DC

Faculty

Rickrich, Carl W.,, II

Title

Adjunct Senior Professor

Degrees/Certificates

B.A. The Ohio State University, 1976
J.D.  The University of Toledo, 1979

Office Location

Park University, DSCC.

Office Hours

As necessary to meet with students.

Daytime Phone

1-740-670-5425

Other Phone

1-740-366-6175

E-Mail

Carl.Rickrich@park.edu

rickx2@roadrunner.com

Semester Dates

January 14, 2008, through March 9, 2008.

Class Days

------Saturday

Class Time

8:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Samaha, Joel, Criminal Law, ninth edition, 2008, Thomson Wadsworth, Belmont, California.

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Course Description:
This course is 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 instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactive learning based on lectures, readings, dialogues, writings and examinations. The instructor will engage learners in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Delineate a basic understanding of the historical development of criminal law in the United States, while perceiving the nature and purpose of criminal law.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the substantive criminal law, both common law and modern statutes, including the different categories of crimes and the elements of each.
  3. Employ improved ability to effectively gather, evaluate, and communicate information in both written and oral forms


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Distinguish between criminal offenses and civil wrongs and explain the distinctions between these two concepts.
  2. Analyze and describe the Constitutional limitations on American criminal law.
  3. Evaluate and demonstrate what is meant by the standard of "proof beyond a reasonable doubt."
  4. Explain and contrast the common defenses to criminal liability.
  5. Demonstrate examples of vicarious liability for individuals and business entities.
  6. Compare and evaluate the elements of major criminal offenses.
  7. Evaluate the role of the rules of evidence in a criminal trial.
  8. Evaluate the roles of the judge and jury in a criminal trial.
Core Assessment:

For this class you will be expected to write three essays - each comparing a modern state statute with corresponding historical common law for that crime. The essays may be collected all at once or at different times during the course. 

The purpose in writing these essays is to examine the historical development of criminal law from common law principles to current state statutes, the relationship between criminal justice and the law, and the social policy implications of criminal law development. 

To complete each of the three essays, you should: 

  1. Select a state and its statute making an act a crime (e.g. stealing).
  2. Research the historical common law for that crime.
  3. Based on your research, compare the current criminal statute with the historical common law to see how the elements of the crime have evolved.
  4. Write a short essay, 1,250 words or five typewritten or computer-generated pages, describing the elements of the current state statute, the elements of the historical common law, and comparing the elements and how they have changed. Discuss possible reasons for the changes in the elements, how the interaction of criminal justice agencies and the law may have contributed to these changes, and suggest new changes in the statute, based on society’s needs today. 

Each of your three essays must include:

  1. A cover page
  2. Introduction
  3. Description of the elements of the crime under historical common law
  4. Description of the elements of the current state statute for that crime
  5. Compare how the elements of the crime have changed from the historical common law to the current state statute
  6. Discuss possible reasons for the changes
  7. Suggest new changes in the statute, based on society’s needs today
  8. Reference page, using APA style 

You must demonstrate that you understand the terminology and the concepts used in criminal law. You must write using APA format for all source citations in both the body of the essay and in the reference page.

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Class Assessment:
There shall be a midtem examination and a final examintion. As noted above, students shall prepare three essays. Attendance and class participation shall also be graded. Please refer to the "grading plan", below.

Grading:

There shall be a midterm examination consisting of true-false, multiple choice and short-answer essay questions, which shall be worth a total of 100 points. As noted above, there shall be three essay questions. Students shall prepare their essay-answers to these questions beginning the first week of class and shall turn in their completed answers during class on the seventh week. Each essay shall be worth 100 points for a total possible score of 300 points. There shall be a final examination consisting of true-false, mulitple choice and short-answer questions, which shall be worth a total of 100 points. There shall be an attendance grade worth a total of  50 points and a class participation grade worth a total of 50 points.
A, 90-100 points; B, 80-89 points; C, 70-79 points; D, 60-69 points; F, below 60 points.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Points shall be deducted for any assignment that is not completed in a timely manner in conformity to the course syllabus unless satisfactory arrangements are made in advance in writing and signed by the student and the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to attend all class meetings, to be timely and prepared and to actively participate in class discussions. Students are expected to read all material assigned for class meetings. Students are expected to complete all assignments in a timely manner.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
First Week: Chapter 1, Nature and Limits of Criminal Law in U.S Society; Chapter 2, Constitutional Limits on Criminal Law. Begin essay question answers. Second Week: Chapter 3 and Chapter 4: General Principles of Criminal Liability. Third Week: Chapter 5 and Chapter 6: Defenses to Criminal Liability. Fourth Week: midterm examination. Fifth Week: Chapter 7, Parties to Crime and Vicarious Liability; Chapter 8: Inchoate Crimes. Sixth Week: Chapter 9 and Chapter 10: Crimes against Persons; Chapter 11, Crimes against Property. Seventh Week: Chapter 12, Crimes against Public Order and Morals;  and Chapter 13, Crimes against the State. Turn in essay question answers. Eighth Week: Final Examination.

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

Disability Guidelines:
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Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Appraises the sources into congruous and thoughtful conclusions - thoughtful implies some original thinking Appraises the sources into congruous conclusions Appraises the sources into conclusions Evaluation is not present in artifact 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Combines common law and statutes into a consistent whole Combines common law and statutes into a consistent whole Combines two of the three types of sources into a consistent whole Fails to combine at least two of the three types of sources into a consistent whole 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Analyzes key elements from all sources (the text, statute, and common law source Analyzes key elements from the text and statute Analyzes key elements from only the text Analysis is not present in artifact 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The artifact shows multiple instances and exceptional understanding  of terminology and concepts throughout the paper The artifact shows sufficient and satisfactory use of terminology and concepts throughout the paper The artifact shows little and unsatisfactory use of terminology and concepts throughout the paper The artifact fails to demonstrate an understanding  of terminology and concepts appropriate to the profession 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Each section contains sufficient information that make the artifact a model for other students or publishable Each section contains sufficient information that make the artifact easily readable and understandable The artifact is readable and understandable but it is  sometimes difficult to transition from one section to another The relationship is hard to understand.  The artifact is difficult to read. 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The artifact contains fewer than 5 errors in the APA writing convention and in the paper presentation (spelling, grammar, etc.) The artifact contains 5 to 10 errors in the APA writing convention and in the paper presentation (spelling, grammar, etc.) The artifact contains more than 10 errors in the APA writing convention and in the paper presentation (spelling, grammar, etc.) The artifact contains so many errors in the APA writing convention or in the paper presentation that it is difficult to read 
Disciplinary Competency                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
analyzes previous laws and cases to decide the current constitutional issue in criminal justice and future implications of the resolution of this issue analyzes previous laws or cases (but not both) to decide the current constitutional issue in criminal justice and future implications of the resolution of this issue analyzes previous laws or cases (but not both) to decide the current constitutional issue in criminal justice, but fails to discuss future implications of the resolution of this issue shows no relationship between past issues and today's world 
Disciplinary Competency                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
clearly discusses social policy implications of the proposed solution to the constitutional issue discusses social policy implications of the proposed solution to the constitutional issue mentions social policy no discussion of social policy 
Disciplinary Competency                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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