CJ105 Criminal Law

for S2B 2007

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Criminal Law CJ105


S2B 2007 BL


Kurita, M. Sue





Office Location

500 E. San Antonio St., El Paso, Texas

Office Hours

After class and by appointment

Daytime Phone

915 543-3868




Semester Dates

March 20-May 10, 2007

Class Days


Class Time

7:40-10:10 P.M.

Credit Hours



Criminal Law
Ninth Edition  
Gardner Anderson
Thompson Wadsworth Publishing 2006

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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.


Educational Philosophy:
The professor’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in discussion to encourage the lively exploration of ideas and  issues.

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:

Mid-term exam   100 points

Three essays (5 pages),  20 points each or 60 points

presentations of essay in class 5 points each  or 30 points

class participation 10 points

Final Exam 100 points




Mid-term exam   100 points  (33.3% of grade)

Three essays (5 pages),  20 points each or 60 points (20% of grade)

presentations of essay in class 5 points each  or 30 points (10 % of grade)

class participation 10 points (3.3 % of grade)

Final Exam 100 points (33.3% of grade) 


The final is not a take home exam.

The final is not open-book or open- note.


Late Submission of Course Materials:
10 points will be docked from late examinations.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Courtesy and consideration for other students.
Students are required to read all assigned material prior to class and be prepared to discuss and brief the cases located at the end of each chapter.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Criminal Law Class Meeting and Schedule


March 20 & 22 Chapters 1-3 Purpose, Scope, and Sources; Essential Elements of a Crime


March 27 & 29 Chapters 4-5 Criminal Liability; Criminal capacity to commit a crime


April 3 & 5 Chapters 6-7 The Law Governing the use of Force, Other Criminal Defenses


April 10 & 12 Chapters 8-9 Punishment & Jurisdiction


April 17 MIDTERM


April19 Chapter 10-11 The Limits of Free Speech;


April 24 & 26 Chapters 13 & 14 Homicide; Assault, Battery


May 1 & 3 Chapters 18 & 19 Rape & Sex Crimes




May 10 Student Conference



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 .

Additional Information:


Students are required to read all assigned material prior to class and be prepared to discuss and brief the cases located at the end of each chapter.


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