CJ105 Criminal Law

for F2LL 2006

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CJ 105 Criminal Law


F2LL 2006 LR


Volpe, Joe J.

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Semester Dates

F2 LL 2006

Class Days


Class Time

6:00 - 9:00 PM

Credit Hours



Criminal Law Today:  An Introduction with Capstone Cases, 3rd edition, 2006



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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

Class Assessment:
The course will consist of two examinations; one midterm exam and one final exam.

Each examination will be worth 100 points.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week One
Class 1 (M) - Introduction and Course Overview
Nature and History of Criminal Law
Reading assignment - Chapter 1

Class 2(W) - Nature and History of Criminal Law, Cont.
Reading assignment – Chapter 1

Class 3 (M) Criminal Liability and the Essence of Crime
Reading assignment- Chapter 2

Class 4 (W) Expanding the Concept of Crime
Reading assignment-Chapter 3

Class 5 (M) Expanding the Concept of Crime, Cont.
Reading assignment-Chapter 3

Class 6 (W) Inchoate Offense and Parties to Crime
Reading assignment - Chapter 4

Class 7 (M) Parties to Crime
Reading assignment-Chapter 4

Class 8 (W)Justification as Defenses
Reading assignment-Chapter 5 & 6

Class 9 (M) Excuses as Defenses
Reading assignment-Chapter 5 & 6

Chapters 1-6

Class 11 (M) Insanity as a Defense
Reading assignment – Chapter 7

Class 12(W) Homicide
Reading assignment – Chapter 8

Class 13(M) Crimes Against Persons
Reading assignment – Chapter 9

Class 14 (W) Computer Crimes, Public Order Offenses, Crimes Against Morality
Reading assignment – Chapter 10, 11, 12

Class 15 (M) Punishment & Sentencing
Reading assignment – Chapter 14
Chapters 7-14


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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

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