CJ 105 Criminal Law
S2T 2010 DL
Bower, William C.
Senior Adjunct Professor
Juris DoctorMaster Criminal JusticeBachelor of Science
After 6 pm ET Monday thru Friday
3/15 to 5/9, 2010
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This course is the introductory course in criminal law. This course will examine how crimes are defined and what is required to arrest and convict defendants of violations of the criminal law through interactive discussions, essays and an exam. We will examine general principles of criminal responsibility, defenses to that responsibility, and the elements of specific crimes. We will be focusing on the majority of crimes, which are defined by the states. We will only mention federal crimes, which are a much smaller portion of the overall crime picture.
Criminal laws vary from state to state, but there are many similarities. Much of the state criminal law in the United States was developed at common law. Common law was how various judges defined the law. Increasingly since the early 1900s, the state legislatures have become more involved in regulating criminal behavior by passing statutes defining crimes and their penalties. In the past several decades, a number of states have adopted a version of the Model Penal Code, which is a non-governmental effort at bringing some standardization to the criminal law.
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:
Weekly Discussions and assessment criteria:
Homework: Core Assessment
Grading Criteria –Students are expected to participate and complete all assignments during the weeks in which they are assigned. The due date for all assignments is 12:00 midnight Mountain Time on the Sunday of each week of the course unless a different due date is specified.
Late Submission of Course Materials: Work submitted after the close of each week's class Sunday night at 12:00 midnight will be subject to 5% penalty each week each week it is late.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Course weeks begin on Mondays and end on Sundays. The classroom each week will open on Sunday, the day before the class officially begins. You are required to enter the course discussion each week several times. You should enter your initial responses to discussion questions posted by the instructor by Thursday , then enter your responses to classmates' responses by Sunday . I will enter responses periodically during the week.
Assignments must be posted by 12:00 midnight Sunday evening, Mountain Time, by submitting the assignment to the correct drop box. I will grade the assignment, and submit the graded assignment with score and comments back to that drop box. Additional graded activities, including participation, will posted in the grade book weekly.
For private communication with me or with classmates, use e-mail. For all other course activities, use the discussion, chat and drop box.
Students are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each Online course policy. If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.
Week 1; March 15: Introduction to Criminal Law and the Constitution,
Week 2; March 22; General Principles of Criminal Liability,
Week 3; MArch 29; Parties to a Crime & Uncompleted Crimes,
Week 4; April 5; Defenses to Criminal Liability,
Week 5; April 12; Crimes against Persons - Homicide,
Week 6; April 19; Crimes against Persons - Rape & Assault,
Week 7; April 26; Crimes against Property, Public Disorder, & Morals,
Week 8; May 3: Crimes against the State,
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