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CJ 105 Criminal Law
Larsen, Robert E.


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.
CourseCJ 105 Criminal Law
SemesterF2J2004
FacultyLarsen, Robert E.
TitleJudge
Office LocationMA 604
Daytime Phone816-512-5760
E-Mailrobert.larsen@park.edu
robert_larsen@mow.uscourts.gov
Semester DatesOctober 26, 2004 - December 14, 2004
Class Days--T----
Class Time5:30 - 9:50 PM
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Samaha, Joel. Criminal Law, Seventh Edition. Wadsworth Publishing Co., 2002.

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.

 Class ActivitiesAssignments
Week - 1 - 10/26Introduction,Chapters 1 & 2. 
Week - 2 - 11/02Chapters 3, 4, 5 & 6. 
Week - 3 - 11/09Chapters 7 & 8. 
Week - 4 - 11/16Chapter 9. 
Week - 5 - 11/23Chapter 10. 
Week - 6 - 11/30Chapters 11 & 12. 
Week - 7 - 12/07Chapter 13. Research Paper Due.
Week - 8 - 12/10Final 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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101
Academic honesty is required of al members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers, or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from the University.

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.

  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 "WH".
  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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100


Habitual tardiness or leaving class early is not conducive to learning. Students who are consistently late or who fail to remain for the entire class session will be penalized in their grade.

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.  Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance.  These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners 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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent 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 .

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