CJ 105 Criminal Law
SP 2009 HO
Professor of Criminal Justice
B.A. in History & Economics from University of MissouriJ.D. from University of Missouri
Mondays & Fridays 8:00-9:00; Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:00-10:00
January 12 - May 10, 2009
1:00 - 2:15 PM
Textbook: Criminal Law, 9th edition, by Joel Samaha (Thomson Wadsworth 2008) ISBN 0-495-09539-7.
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Professor Plumb's educational philosophy is based on using a variety of methods in learning, focusing on the interactive. Lectures, readings, quizzes, group work, class discussion, examinations, writing, and use of the Internet are significant components of this learning process. Students will be required to analyze, criticize, and synthesize information learned and apply this information in the examination of the criminal law in the United States and its impact on society.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Core Assessment Assignment
For use beginning Fall 2008
During the course you are required to write three essays, each comparing a modern state statute with corresponding historical common law for that crime. 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.
Instructors may schedule the essays to be collected all at once or at different times during the course.
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.Be sure to review the Core Assessment Rubric.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
A variety of methods will be used to assess the learning that occurs in this course. Students will be assessed on their class participation, performance on periodic written assignments, group projects, and examinations. There will be opportunities to work in groups, and to be assessed based on individual and group performance. See “Grading” below for greater specificity.
Students will be evaluated on the total number of points each student earns as compared to the greatest amount of points that may be earned in each class activity.
In determining the number of points assigned to an activity, the major factors will be the following questions:
All assignments are due at the beginning of the class period they are due. Course grades are determined on the following allocation of points:
Point accumulation for grades:
Late Submission of Course Materials:
For each class period an assignment is late, points will be deducted. No course materials will be accepted after the last class meeting in the last week of classes.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
1. Attend class and be prompt. Class attendance is part of class participation, which is a portion of your grade. Roll will be checked at the beginning of each class period. Since tardy entry to a class disrupts the class, your lateness for class will receive a reduction in points.
2. Due to abuses by students in past semesters, there will be no excused absences. You are either present or absent. To partially make up for an absence, you must submit to the instructor by the beginning of the next class meeting you attend, an essay of one to two pages in length, summarizing the assigned reading for the class period missed. The essay must be submitted by e-mail with the essay as an attachment. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE UP ANYTHING MISSED IN CLASS.
3. Be prepared for class. This means that you have read the assigned readings and are prepared to discuss them. This is a junior level course, and the expectation is that you will function at that level. This course will consist of class discussion, small group discussion, group work, and individual reporting to the class. You are expected to take part in the discussions and group work. Your in-class participation is another portion of your grade.
4. Examinations. There will be a mid-term examination and a final examination in this course.
5. There will be periodic written assignments in this course. Further information about these will be provided in the website for this course. All assignments will be either completed in class or submitted in a dropbox in the eCompanion website for this course. I will NOT accept assignments submitted by e-mail. Please see me if you are unfamiliar with using eCompanion.
7. Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive. Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your work to a disk, a hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.
All materials, including links to reading assignments, written assignments, the major paper, group projects and the final examination will be found in the website for this course.
Week 1 (Jan 13 & 15) Understanding Criminal Law in the United States – study course syllabus & read text chapter 1; in-class writing assignment part of participation
Week 2 (Jan 20 & 22) Constitutional Limits on Criminal Law - study text chapter 2; in-class writing assignment part of participation
Week 3 (Jan 27 & 29) Actus Reus - study text chapter 3; in-class writing assignment part of participation
Week 4 (Feb 3 & 5) Mens Rea - study text chapter 4; out-of-class writing assignment part of participation
Week 5 (Feb 10 & 12) Defenses to Criminal Liability - Justifications - study text chapter 5; out-of-class writing assignment part of participation; begin Group Project 1
Week 6 (Feb 17 & 19) Defenses to Criminal Liability - Excuse - study text chapter 6; Essay 1 due in dropbox before the beginning of class Thursday;
Week 7 (Feb 24 & 26) Parties to Crime - study text chapter 7; Group Project 1 presentation due
Week 9 (Mar 17 & 19) Inchoate Crimes - study text chapter 8
Week 10 (Mar 24 & 26) Homicide - study text chapter 9; Essay 2 due in dropbox before the beginning of class Thursday
Week 11 (Mar 31 & Apr 2) Other Crimes Against Persons - study text chapter 10; begin Group Project 2
Week 12 (Apr 7 & 9) Crimes Against Property - study text chapter 11
Week 13 (Apr 14 & 16) Crimes Against Public Order & Morals - study text chapter 12
Week 14 (Apr 21 & 23) Crimes Against the State - study text chapter 13; Essay 3 due in dropbox before the beginning of class Thursday
Week 15 (Apr 28 & 30) Summary; Group Project 2 presentation; review for final examination
Week 16 - Finals Week - Final Examination - Tuesday, May 5 --- 1:00 - 3:00
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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
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