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. 3:0:3
Learning Outcomes:To provide the student with a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of criminal law including the relationship between constitutional law and criminal law, the differences that exist in the area of criminal law (constitutional, substantive, and procedural) among the different jurisdictions (federal, state, and local), and the procedures employed during the investigation, prosecution, defense, and appellate review of criminal cases.
COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
? Students will understand the historical foundations and development of the criminal law and how specific criminal laws (federal, state, and local) differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.
? Students will understand and be able to explain the essential elements of crimes and the manner in which those elements are used in the pretrial, trial, and appellate stages of criminal prosecution and defense.
? Students will be able to understand and correlate the fundamental protections afforded by constitutional law into specific cases dealing with statutes and ordinances designed and written to address specific crimes.
This course is primarily a lecture driven course but includes considerable discussion among students on the current events and issues revolving around criminal law. Students will learn the history and elements of all criminal law and then apply it to modern statutory law in the State of Missouri.
Course Assessment: Students will be administered a mid-term exam and a final exam. Each student will also prepare a research paper, on a topic selected by the instructor. Students will be expected to have read all assigned chapters prior to each class.
Students will be familiar with the policies and regulations of the Weekend/Evening Division of Park University and will abide by the guidelines set forth.
Students will be evaluated by the following format:
50 % - Final Exam
25 % - Research Paper
25 % - Attendance and Participation
Grading: Final grades will be rewarded on the following scale:
A = 90 - 100 %
B = 80 - 89%
C = 70 - 79%
D = 60 - 69%
F = below 60%
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Students will respect the opinions expressed by the instructor and other students in the classroom environment. Students will display courtesy and respect for their peers at all times.
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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 101
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100
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