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CJ 105 Criminal Law
Schlicht, James O.


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CourseCJ 105 Criminal Law
SemesterF2H2004
FacultySchlicht, James O.
TitleProfessor of Criminal Justice/Adjunct Faculty
Degrees/CertificatesB.A., Political Science, University of Kentucky, 1975
J.D., Duquesne University, 1978
Office Location43 Planters Circle, Beaufort, SC 29907
Office HoursBy Appointment
Daytime Phone(843)524-1752
Other PhoneNone
E-Mailschlicht@park.edu
joschl1@yahoo.com
Semester Dates25 October - 19 December, 2004
Class Days-M-W---
Class Time5:00 - 7:30 PM
PerquisitesNone
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Samaha, Joel: Criminal Law, Seventh Edition, Wadsworth, 2002

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
Library sources, World Wide Web sources, etc. as recommended.

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, examinations, and preparation and oral presentation of a research paper.  

Learning Outcomes:
While it is manifestly impossible to learn all that there is to know about criminal law in a one-semester, undergraduate course, the goal is to provide a working knowledge of what constitutes a crime, how criminal behavior is defined and prosecuted, and what constitutes a defense to a criminal charge.  

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, research, prepare, and present a 10 to 15 page page term paper, orally present their papers, and meet Park University attendance requirements. (Further information regarding the paper assignment will be distributed at the first class meeting.)

Grading:
Midterm Exam:  20%; Final Exam:  30%; Participation:  10%; Research Paper:  30%; Oral Paper Presentation:  10%.
A=90-100%; B=80-89%; C=70-79%; D=60-69%; F=<60%

Anything in the readings or developed in class (including the oral presentations) 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:
Late papers will be reduced one letter grade for each day late absent 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.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
DATE     TOPIC                  CHAPTER           PAGES
10/25    Nature and Pruposes of    1              2-34
         Criminal Law
10/27    Constitutional Limits on  2              35-77
         Criminal Law
11/01    General Principles; Actus 3-4            78-144
          Reus, Mens Rea,
          Concurrence, Causation
          PAPER PROSPECTUS DUE
11/03    Parties to Crime;         5              145-171
          Vicarious Liability
11/08    Uncompleted Crimes        6              172-210
          (Attempt, Conspiracy,
           Solicitation)
11/10    Defenses to Criminal      7,8            211-322
           Liability
           (Justification,Excuses)
11/15    Review for Midterm
11/17    Midterm Examination
11/22    Homicide                  9              323-382
11/24    Criminal Sexual Conduct   10             383-426
11/29    Burglary & Arson          11             427-443
12/01    Crimes against Property   12,13          444-480
          Crimes against Public
          Order and Morals
          PAPERS DUE
12/06    Oral Presentations
12/08    Oral Presentations
12/13    Review for Final Exam
12/15    Final Exam

NOTE:  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 101
Academic 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 101
Students 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!  Presentation of a purchased paper is, in my view, a more serious offense and will result in my recommendation for expulsion from the University in addition to 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.

  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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100


If you miss class, please contact me if at all possible before class.  Missing an examination is very serious, and I expect prior notice if at all possible.

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 .

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