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CJ 105 Criminal Law
Graves, Scott W.,, Sr.


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

S2B 2006 BL

Faculty

Graves, Scott W.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

BS, MA

Office Hours

By appointment only.

Daytime Phone

564-5803 Ex 645

Other Phone

915-588-3790

E-Mail

scott.graves@park.edu

Preferred:

desertfox_84@yahoo.com

Semester Dates

Spring II, Fort Bliss Campus

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
As indicated in the MBS Bookstore Website.

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
To be handed out in class.


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:
All humans should engage in a life-long pursuit of learning and obtain a solid grounding in the fundamentals of your chosen discipline.  To that end, I work intensively to present you with the thinkers of our discipline and challenge you to absorb their academic views and develop your own, unique view.  I emphasize that students engage in critical thinking and dare to challenge the status quo of conventional wisdom.  Students should be prepared to engage in lively debate and a passionate pursuit of knowledge and personal academic development.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of the origins of law, to include natural law
  2. Explain the development of law in Europe and how this affected the United States
  3. Identify the elements of a crime as defined in U.S. law
  4. Define the steps of the criminal justice/legal system in the United States
Class Assessment:
A. Mid-term and final examinations.
B. Five case law reviews in APA format (sample will be provided) consisting of:
1.  Cover page
2.  Three pages of text:
   a. Introduction to case
   b. Analysis of case
   c. Concluding remarks, assessment
3.  Reference page
C. Student presentations of case studies (case law):
1. Topics provided in class
2. Use of Park online library is mandatory for research
3. Use of visual aid (power point or transparencies)
4. Logical presentation
   a. Introduction
   b. Analysis
   c. Conclusion (s)

Grading:
Mid-term           25%

Final              25%

Case law reviews and
presentations x 5  30%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Not accepted past due dates.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to read the assigned textbook chapters and to be familiar with their chapter content before each class session.  Plagiarism and unauthorized collaboration on class work, or cheating is considered a serious violation by Park University and is not tolerated.  Students may be dismissed or given a failing grade if found cheating or plagiarizing.  Absences should be kept to a minimum.  If an absence is necessary then students will receive a letter grade deduction from the final score whether the absence is excused or unexcused.  Leveling work for absences may include detailed written summaries of chapters or completion of review questions or definitions at the end of chapters, or any other class-related assigned task as determined by the instructor.  Late class work will not be accepted.  Tardiness over thirty minutes, or failure to attend the entire class will be considered an absence.  Two unexcused absences will be reported immediately to the Park University administrative office for appropriate action.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
See meeting schedule.

 

Class Activities

Assignments

Tests

Meeting - 1

Class Administration. Introduction, Course expectations and student responsibilities.  Chapter 1 Lecture and Discussion.

Read chapter prior to class.

 

Meeting - 2

Class Administration. Chapter 1 Lecture and Discussion.

Read chapter prior to class. Case Law Reviews.

 

Meeting - 3

Class Administration. Chapter 2 Lecture and Discussion.

Read chapter prior to class. Case Law Reviews.

 

Meeting - 4

Class Administration. Chapter 3 Lecture and Discussion.

Read chapter prior to class. Case Law Reviews.

 

Meeting - 5

Class Administration. Chapter 4 Lecture and Discussion.

Read chapter prior to class. Case Law Reviews.

 

Meeting - 6

Class Administration. Chapter 5 Lecture and Discussion.

Read chapter prior to class. Mid-term review. Case Law Reviews.

 

Meeting - 7

Class Administration. Chapter 6 Lecture and Discussion.

Read chapter prior to class. Case Law Reviews.

Mid-term

Meeting - 8

Class Administration. Chapter 7 Lecture and Discussion.

Read chapter prior to class. Case Law Reviews.

 

Meeting - 9

Class Administration. Chapter 8 Lecture and Discussion.

Read chapter prior to class. Case Law Reviews.

 

Meeting - 10

Class Administration. Chapter 9 Lecture and Discussion.

Read chapter prior to class. Case Law Reviews.

 

Meeting - 11

Class Administration. Chapter 10 Lecture and Discussion.

Read chapter prior to class.  Case Law Reviews.

 

Meeting - 12

Class Administration. Chapter 11 Lecture and Discussion.

Read chapter prior to class. Case Law Reviews.

 

Meeting - 13

Class Administration. Chapter 12 Lecture and Discussion.

Read chapter prior to class.  Case Law Reviews.

 

Meeting - 14

Class Administration. Chapter 13 Lecture and Discussion.

Read chapter prior to class. Final Review. Case Law Reviews.

 

Meeting - 15

Class Administration and Discussion.

Read chapter prior to class. Case Law Reviews.

Final Exam

Meeting - 16

Class Administration.

Course debriefing

 


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
For additional information see "Classroom Rules of Conduct."

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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89
For additional information see "Classroom Rules of Conduct."

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 .
For additional information see "Classroom Rules of Conduct."

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