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CJ 105 Criminal Law
McDavid, Saundra


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

S2T 2008 DLA

Faculty

McDavid, Saundra

Degrees/Certificates

J.D.
M.B.A.

Office Hours

10 AM - 4 PM Monday through Thursday

Daytime Phone

(208) 938-9224

E-Mail

saundra.mcdavid@pirate.park.edu

Semester Dates

March 17, 2008 - May 11, 2008

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Joel Samaha, Criminal Law, 9th edition (Wadsworth 2005) ISBN 0-534-62991-1. 

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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

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


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:


Essays: There are three (3) core assessment essays due during weeks two, four and six. The first essay is due Sunday of Week Two. This essay is worth 100 points. The second essay is worth 100 points and is due Sunday of Week Four. The third essay is worth 100 points and is due Sunday of Week Six.
Participation: Each week, participation is required. Initial participation in the week's discussion is required by Thursday morning, with follow-up discussion required by Sunday morning. Each week's participation is worth 50 points (30 points for responses to instructor's opening questions and 20 points for responses to classmates' postings). Participation will be graded based on the following criteria:

Did the student respond to the instructor's opening questions?

Did the student respond to the postings of classmates? At least 2 replies in each topic area in a college discussion manner (includes complete thoughts and support).

Did the student in his/her responses demonstrate knowledge of the subject matter covered in the questions?


During most weeks there will be 2 topic areas to answer questions in. You MUST click on the arrow next to "Topics" to open the other area of questions.


Submission of Late Work: Work submitted after the close of each week's class Sunday night at 12:00 midnight (MST) will be subject to 10% penalty per day for up to four days. No homework will be accepted after four days late. Participation and Discussion must occur in the week they are due. No points will be awarded for participation and discussion after the week has ended.


Proctored final examination: A final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location. ( A proctor is someone who gives you the exam) For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website. The proctored final exam for this course is worth 300 points. Questions may be a combination of multiple choice, true/false, completion, short answer and essay. The short answer questions must be in the form of a complete sentence and the essay must be properly formatted. The final examination is closed book and closed notes. The final is comprehensive and will cover all previously assigned material.


Other information on proctored exams: It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor. Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor. A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval. Failure to take a final proctored exam will result in an automatic "F" grade. ________________________________________

Grading:

Grading Criteria –Students are expected to participate and complete all assignments during the weeks in which they are assigned.  The due date for the essays is 12:00 midnight Mountain Time on the Sunday of each week of the course unless a different due date is specified.
Course Grading Scale - The components of the course and their respective worth are as follows:
Weekly responses to the topic questions 30 points each week for 240 points total
Weekly online discussion entries 20 points each week for 160 points total
CORE ASSESSMENT - Three essays worth 100 points each for 300 points total.
Final exam 300 points
 
TOTAL 1000 points
A = 90- 100% (900 points or higher)
B = 80-89% (800 to 899 points)
C =   70-79% (700 to 799 points)
D = 60-69% (600 to 699 points)
F = < 60% (599 or fewer points)

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Work submitted after the close of each week's class Sunday night at 12:00 midnight  (MST) will be subject to 10% penalty per day for up to four days.  No homework will be accepted after four days late.  Participation and Discussion must occur in the week they are due.  No points will be awarded for participation and discussion after the week has ended.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week One
Introduction to Criminal Law & the Constitution
Throughout the Week: Topic Question Responses and Participation
Week Two
General Principles of Criminal Liability
Throughout the Week: Topic Question Responses and Participation
Week Three
Parties to Crime & Uncompleted Crimes
Throughout the Week: Topic Question Responses and Participation
Week Four
Defenses to Criminal Liability
Throughout the Week: Topic Question Responses and Participation
Week Five
Crimes Against Persons - Homicide
Due Sunday: Essay #1
Throughout the Week: Topic Question Responses and Participation
Week Six
Crimes Against Persons - Rape & Assault
Due Sunday: Essay #2
Throughout the Week: Topic Question Responses and Participation
Week Seven
Crimes Against Property
Due Sunday: Essay #3
Throughout the Week: Topic Question Responses and Participation
Week Eight
Crimes Against the State
Due Sunday: Final Exam
Throughout the Week: Topic Question Responses and Participation

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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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. 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 .



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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