CJ105 Criminal Law

for F2M 2006

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CJ 105 Criminal Law


F2M 2006 CH


Infinito, Vincent

Class Days


Class Time

4:45 - 7:15 PM

Credit Hours


Additional Resources:
SUPPLEMENTAL RESOURCE MATERIALS LIST; Kaplan & Waltz, Basic Materials on Criminal Evidence (1980); Common Sense and the Fifth Amendment (1959), Berry, Arrest, Search and Seizure (1973); Silberman, Criminal Violence, Criminal Justice (1979); Southerland, Crime and Confession, (1965).

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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:

·        Essays & exams  

·        Essays, quizzes & exams  

·        Essays & class participation

The final course grade will be determined using the following measurement: Class Participation: 10% Mid- Term Examination:           35% Essays (2)                                   20%                                         Final Examination: 35% Students will be prepared to discuss all scheduled assignments in class. The grade scale is as follows: A -93% or above B -85% to 92.99% C -77% to 84.99% D -70% to 76.99% F -below 70%  

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The instructor will not accept assignments late. Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of “zero.” All tests must be taken on the dates the class is given the test. Extreme situations may be handled by the instructor on a case-by-case basis. A determination of an “extreme situation” is solely the instructor's.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Cell phones, beepers and other communication devices are not to be used, or on, during class. Disruptive behavior (as determined by the instructor) is unfair to the other students and will not be tolerated. Loud talking, snoring, sleeping, coming late to class or leaving early, except in emergencies, will not be tolerated. Multiple disruptions over a term will lead to the withdrawal of the student from the class by the instructor. The instructor may announce other rules from time to time

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Proposed class schedule    (This schedule is approximate and may be modified) Oct. 23 Nature & Limits of Criminal Law Chap 1 Constitutional Limits       Chap 2 pps 1 – 53 Oct. 25 General Principles/Actus Reus Chap 3 pps 54 - 85 Oct. 30 General Principles/Mens Rea Chap 4 pps 86 - 112 Nov 1     Parties to Crime & Vicarious Liability Chap 5 pps 114 – 144 Nov 6 Inchoate Crimes Chap 6 pps 145 – 189 Nov 8 Defenses/Justifications   Chap 7 pps 190 – 237 Nov 13 Review Nov 15 MIDTERM EXAMINATION Nov 20 Defenses/ Excuses Chap 8              pps 238 - 279 Nov 22   Crimes v. Persons/Homicide Chap 9 pps 281 – 316 Nov 27 Crimes v. Persons/ II Chap 10 pps 333 – 372 Nov 29 Crimes v. Property Chap 11 pps 373 – 423 Dec 4     Crimes v. Public Order, Morals Chap 12 pps 424 - 461 Dec 6     Crimes v. The State Chap 13 pps 462 -498 Dec 11   Review Dec 13   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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 "W".
  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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

Disability Guidelines:
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