CJ 105 Criminal Law
F1LL 2007 LR
Volpe, Joe J.
Jusris Doctor/UALR School of Law
August 13, 2007 to October 7, 2007
6:00 - 9:00 PM
The required text for this course is Criminal Law Today: An Introduction with Capstone Cases, Schmalleger, Frank, 3rd Edition 2006.
Additional Resources: Additional Resources will be handed out during class sessions.
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Educational Philosophy: This class is designed to be very interesting, thought provoking, and based on real cases and issues in criminal law. The facilitator's eductional philosophy is one of interactiveness based on class discussion of real cases, newspaper and other articles from major news agencies, lectures, case studies, and examinations. The facilitator expects relevant classroom discussions because such discussion helps build an excellent learing environment.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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:
Each of your three essays must include:
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 RubricClass Assessment:
Students will be assessed by graded case studies, a mid-term examination, and a final examination. Students will also receive a class participation grade based upon regular attendance and providing relevant and valuable commentary during classroom discussions.
Late Submission of Course Materials: Students must coordinate with the facilitor for approval for late submissions. Without prior approval, students will automatically lose 2 letter grades.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Students are required to attend classes, participate in class room discussions, and turn in assignments as required.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Class 1 (M-8/13) - Introduction and Course Overview Nature and History of Criminal Law Reading assignment - Chapter 1 Class 2(W-8/15) - Nature and History of Criminal Law, Cont. Reading assignment –Chapter 1 Class 3 (M-8/20) Criminal Liability and the Essence of Crime Reading assignment- Chapter 2 Class 4 (W-8/22) Expanding the Concept of Crime Reading assignment-Chapter 3 Class 5 (M-8/27) Expanding the Concept of Crime, Cont. Reading assignment-Chapter 3 Class 6 (W-8/29) Inchoate Offense and Parties to Crime Reading assignment - Chapter 4 Class 7 (M - 9/3) Parties to Crime Reading assignment-Chapter 4 Class 8 (W - 9/5)Justification as Defenses Reading assignment-Chapter 5 & 6 Class 9 (M-9/10) Excuses as Defenses Reading assignment-Chapter 5 & 6 Class 10 (W-9/12) **MIDTERM EXAMINATION Chapters 1-6 Class 11 (M - 9/17) Insanity as a Defense Reading assignment –Chapter 7 Class 12(W-9/19) Homicide Reading assignment –Chapter 8 Class 13(M-9/24) Crimes Against Persons Reading assignment –Chapter 9 Class 14 (W-9/26) Computer Crimes, Public Order Offenses, Crimes Against Morality Reading assignment –Chapter 10, 11, 12 Class 15 (M-10/1) Punishment & Sentencing Reading assignment –Chapter 14 Chapters 13-14 Class 16 (W-10/3) **FINAL EXAMINATION
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Last Updated:7/19/2007 12:06:31 PM