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CJ 105 Criminal Law
Schlicht, James O.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

CJ 105 Criminal Law

Semester

F2H 2007 BU

Faculty

Schlicht, James O.

Title

Senior Professor/Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

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

Office Location

43 Planters Circle, Beaufort, SC 29907

Office Hours

By Appointment Only

Daytime Phone

(843) 524-1752

E-Mail

James.Schlicht@park.edu

joschl1@yahoo.com

Semester Dates

22 October - 07 December 2007

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Samaha, Joel:  Criminal Law (ninth Edition), Thompson Learning, Inc., 2008
ISBN:  13:978-0-495-09539-2

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Library and Internet 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:
My educational philosophy os one of interactiveness based upon course readings, lectures, examinations, class participation in discussions, and writings.  We will engage in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues, and contradictions.  For this style of learning to be effective, advance preparation is essential.

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. Students will learn to formally brief cases in criminal law
  2. Students will be able to explain the difference between a tort and a crime
Core Assessment:

For this class you will be expected to write three essays - each comparing a modern state statute with corresponding historical common law for that crime. The essays may be collected all at once or at different times during the course. 

The purpose in writing these essays is to examine the historical development of criminal law from common law principles to current state statutes, the relationship between criminal justice and the law, and the social policy implications of criminal law development. 

To complete each of the three essays, you should: 

  1. Select a state and its statute making an act a crime (e.g. stealing).
  2. Research the historical common law for that crime.
  3. Based on your research, compare the current criminal statute with the historical common law to see how the elements of the crime have evolved.
  4. Write a short essay, 1,250 words or five typewritten or computer-generated pages, describing the elements of the current state statute, the elements of the historical common law, and comparing the elements and how they have changed. Discuss possible reasons for the changes in the elements, how the interaction of criminal justice agencies and the law may have contributed to these changes, and suggest new changes in the statute, based on society’s needs today. 

Each of your three essays must include:

  1. A cover page
  2. Introduction
  3. Description of the elements of the crime under historical common law
  4. Description of the elements of the current state statute for that crime
  5. Compare how the elements of the crime have changed from the historical common law to the current state statute
  6. Discuss possible reasons for the changes
  7. Suggest new changes in the statute, based on society’s needs today
  8. Reference page, using APA style 

You must demonstrate that you understand the terminology and the concepts used in criminal law. You must write using APA format for all source citations in both the body of the essay and in the reference page.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Essays:  10 points each; 30% of final grade
Midterm Examination:  20 points; 20% of final grade
Final Examination (comprehensive): 30 points; 30 % of final grade
Class Participation:  10 points; 10% of final grade
Case Briefs: 5 points each, 10% of final grade

Grading:

Essays:  10 points each; 30% of final grade
Midterm Examination:  20% of final grade
Final Exam (comprehensive):  30% of final grade
Class Participation:  10% of final grade
Case Briefs:  5 points each; 10% of final grade
 
A= 90-100%; B=80-89%; C=70-79%; D=60-69%; F=<60%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Absent an acceptable excuse, late materials will be reduced one letter grade for each day late.  Acceptable excuses include illness, emergencies, duty, etc.  I expect PRIOR notice if an assignment will be late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students will be properly attired, be on time for class, and will turn off or set to vibrate cell phones and pagers.  Recording of class discussions is prohibited absent special circumstances due to its inhibitatory effect on free discussion.  Special circumstances include disabilities, etc.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Date                     Topic                                                               Chapters            Pages
 
10/22                     Nature & Limits of Criminal Law   
                              Constitutional Limits on Criminal Law      1,2                        2-77
 
10/24                     Actus Reus; Mens Rea                              3,4                         78-135
 
10/29                     Justifications; Excuses                               5,6                         136-205
                               Essay 1 due
 
10/31                     Vicarious Liability                                        7                            206-231
                               Brief 1 due
                               Review for Midterm
 
11/5                        Midterm Exam
 
11/7                         Inchoate Crimes                                        8                          232-271
                                                                                                      
11/12                      Homicide                                                     9                          272-327
                                Essay 2 Due
 
11/14                      Other Crimes against Persons                  10                       328-367
                                 Brief 2 Due
 
11/21                       Crimes against Property                            11                      368-405
 
11/26                        Crimes against Public Order                     12                     406-435
 
11/28                        Crimes against the State                           13                     436-461
                                  Essay 3 Due
 
12/3                          Fourth Amendment Protections             TBA
 
12/5                          The Patriot Act & FISA                           TBA
 
12/10                         Review for Final Exam
 
12/12                         Final Exam
 
 
 

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85
Students proven guilty of plagiarism will receive a failing grade in the course.  In addition, students who simply copy a paper from the web will be recommended for suspension from the University.

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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 .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Appraises the sources into congruous and thoughtful conclusions - thoughtful implies some original thinking Appraises the sources into congruous conclusions Appraises the sources into conclusions Evaluation is not present in artifact 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Combines common law and statutes into a consistent whole Combines common law and statutes into a consistent whole Combines two of the three types of sources into a consistent whole Fails to combine at least two of the three types of sources into a consistent whole 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Analyzes key elements from all sources (the text, statute, and common law source Analyzes key elements from the text and statute Analyzes key elements from only the text Analysis is not present in artifact 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The artifact shows multiple instances and exceptional understanding  of terminology and concepts throughout the paper The artifact shows sufficient and satisfactory use of terminology and concepts throughout the paper The artifact shows little and unsatisfactory use of terminology and concepts throughout the paper The artifact fails to demonstrate an understanding  of terminology and concepts appropriate to the profession 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Each section contains sufficient information that make the artifact a model for other students or publishable Each section contains sufficient information that make the artifact easily readable and understandable The artifact is readable and understandable but it is  sometimes difficult to transition from one section to another The relationship is hard to understand.  The artifact is difficult to read. 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The artifact contains fewer than 5 errors in the APA writing convention and in the paper presentation (spelling, grammar, etc.) The artifact contains 5 to 10 errors in the APA writing convention and in the paper presentation (spelling, grammar, etc.) The artifact contains more than 10 errors in the APA writing convention and in the paper presentation (spelling, grammar, etc.) The artifact contains so many errors in the APA writing convention or in the paper presentation that it is difficult to read 
Disciplinary Competency                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
analyzes previous laws and cases to decide the current constitutional issue in criminal justice and future implications of the resolution of this issue analyzes previous laws or cases (but not both) to decide the current constitutional issue in criminal justice and future implications of the resolution of this issue analyzes previous laws or cases (but not both) to decide the current constitutional issue in criminal justice, but fails to discuss future implications of the resolution of this issue shows no relationship between past issues and today's world 
Disciplinary Competency                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
clearly discusses social policy implications of the proposed solution to the constitutional issue discusses social policy implications of the proposed solution to the constitutional issue mentions social policy no discussion of social policy 
Disciplinary Competency                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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