CJ105 Criminal Law

for F2H 2006

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CJ 105 Criminal Law


F2H 2006 BU


Schlicht, James O.


Senior Professor/Adjunct Faculty and Academic Director


B.A., Political Science, University of Kentucky, 1975
J.D., Duquesne University, 1978

Office Location

43 Planters Circle, Ladys Island, SC

Office Hours

By Appointment Only

Daytime Phone


Other Phone






Semester Dates

23 October - 17 December 2006

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours


Samaha, Joel:  CRIMINAL LAW (8th Edition)

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Additional Resources:
The CD that comes with the textbook, INFOTRAC, and other library resources as recommended

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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 interactiveness based upon readings, lectures, examinations, and writings.  The instructor will engage each student in 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. Demonstrate the ability to effectively read and brief cases
Core Assessment:

·        Essays & exams  

·        Essays, quizzes & exams  

·        Essays & class participation

Class Assessment:
Since this course does not lend itself well to a paper, class assessment will consist of a midterm and final examination and class participation.  Both examinations will contain both long and short essay questions as well as multiple choice questions.  As 50% of the participation grade, each student will submit 3 written case briefs of his or her choosing during the course of the semester with 1 brief being due before the midterm examination and 2 before the final examination.


Midterm Examination:  40% of final grade

Final Examination (Comprehensive):  50% of final grade

Participation in class discussions:  10% of final grade (class discussion: 5% plus case briefs 5%)

Grading Plan:  90-100%=A, 80-89%=B, 70-79%=C, 60-69%=D, <60%=F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Course materials submitted late without an acceptable excuse (such as TDY, extra duty, family emergency, etc.) will be reduced one letter grade for each day late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Participants in this course are expected to arrive on time and to be properly attired.  Cell phones and pagers are to be turned off or set to vibrate so as not to disrupt the course.  Tape recording of lectures has the effect of stifling free discussion, so recording is prohibited absent prior approval from the instructor.



Reading Assignments


Meeting - 1,23 Oct

Chapter 1

Pages 1 - 24

Nature and Limits of Criminal Law

Meeting - 2, 25 Oct

Chapter 2

Pages 25 - 53

Constitutional Limits on Criminal Law

Meeting - 3, 30 Oct

Chapter 3

Pages 54 - 85

Actus Reus

Meeting - 4, 1 Nov

Chapter 4

Pages 86 - 113

Mens Rea, Concurrence, Causation

Meeting - 5, 6 Nov

Chapter 5

Pages 114 - 144

Parties to Crime & Vicarious Liability

Meeting - 6, 8 Nov

Chapter 6

Pages 145 - 189

Inchoate Crimes

Meeting - 7, 13 Nov

Chapter 7

Pages 190 - 237


Meeting - 8, 15 Nov

Chapter 8
Review for Midterm Exam

Pages 238 - 280


Meeting - 9, 20 Nov

Midterm Examination



Meeting - 10, 22 Nov

Chapter 9

Pages 281 - 331


Meeting - 11, 27 Nov

Chapter 10

Pages 332 - 372

Other Crimes Against Persons

Meeting - 12, 29 Nov

Chapter 11

Pages 373 - 423

Crimes Against Property

Meeting - 13, 4 Dec

Chapter 12

Pages 424 - 461

Crimes Against Public Order and Morals

Meeting - 14, 6 Dec

Chapter 13

Pages 462 - 500

Crimes Against the State

Meeting - 15, 11 Dec

Review for Final Examination



Meeting - 16, 13 Dec

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:
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 .


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