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CJ 105 Criminal Law
Carstarphen, Melanie Kay


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.

Course

CJ 105 Criminal Law

Semester

U1A 2009 BE

Faculty

Carstarphen, Melanie

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

B.A.   Dallas Baptist University
J.D.    South Texas College of Law

Office Location

Austin, Texas Campus

Office Hours

(by appointment only)

Daytime Phone

(512) 339-7744

E-Mail

melanie.carstarphen@park.edu

mkcarstarphen@gmail.com

Semester Dates

June 1, 2009 through July 22, 2009

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

8:00 - 10:40 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Criminal Law, Gardner, 10th Edition (2009)  ISBN 978-0-495-39089-3

 

 

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Additional Resources:


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Course Description:
CJ105 Criminal Law: This course is 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

Educational Philosophy:
Dr. C:  I am interested in developing your critical thinking skills.  By the time you complete this course,  I want for you to be able to apply legal theories in a manner that is professional, thoughtful and honest, both in your career and daily life.    

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Delineate a basic understanding of the historical development of criminal law in the United States, while perceiving the nature and purpose of criminal law.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the substantive criminal law, both common law and modern statutes, including the different categories of crimes and the elements of each.
  3. Employ improved ability to effectively gather, evaluate, and communicate information in both written and oral forms


Core Assessment:

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: 

  1. Write three essays: One essay will discuss uncompleted or inchoate crimes or parties to crimes. A second essay will discuss a crime against persons. A third essay will discuss a crime against property.
  2. Select a state and its statute making an act a crime (e.g. stealing).
  3. Research the historical common law for that crime.
  4. Based on your research, compare the current criminal statute with the historical common law to see how the elements of the crime have evolved.
  5. Write a short essay, 1,250 words or five typewritten or computer-generated pages, describing the elements of the current state statute, the elements of the historical common law, and comparing the elements and how they have changed. Discuss possible reasons for the changes in the elements, how the interaction of criminal justice agencies and the law may have contributed to these changes, and suggest new changes in the statute, based on society’s needs today.

Each of your three essays must include:

  1. A cover page
  2. Introduction
  3. Description of the elements of the crime under historical common law
  4. Description of the elements of the current state statute for that crime
  5. Compare how the elements of the crime have changed from the historical common law to the current state statute
  6. Discuss possible reasons for the changes
  7. Suggest new changes in the statute, based on society’s needs today
  8. Reference page, using APA style

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 Rubric

Class Assessment:

We will have class discussions and a highly interactive atmosphere within our lecture schedule.   You will complete your reading assignments, 2 quizzes, your midterm and final exams along with the essays referenced above.  Take good notes! I encourage the students to work together to create a study guide.  Good networking begins in college!



Grading:


Participation  10%
Quiz 1/ Quiz 2:  15%
Essays:  20%
Mid term Exam  20%
Final Exam 35% = 100%


Grading scale
A = 90-100
B = 80-89
C = 70-79
D = 60-69
F  = 59 and below

Late Submission of Course Materials:
You can only take an exam late with my permission.  Without an appropriate excuse, you will receive a Zero.   Appropriate excuses would include deployment to Iraq or hospitalization or the funeral of an immediate family member during the week the exam is given.  With an appropriate excuse (that has been communicated to me in a timely manner via telephone or email), you may take the exam late but you will receive no higher grade than a C for two actual days late. You may only take the exam late within the same week.   


Final Exam: You cannot take it late without my permission.  Extreme circumstances must be present before I will consider giving permission.  You may be given a grade of incomplete even if you take the final exam late. 

Writing assignments/essays:  Work is due at the beginning of class time.  Late work will receive no higher than a C for 1 day late, no higher than 50% for 2 days late and a 0 for anything later than two days. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
1.  Read your assignment BEFORE coming to class.

2.  Keep copies of all of your coursework until the end of the term.  That means tests, notes, papers, essays, handouts, etc.
3.  Submit your assignments via Microsoft Word please via the dropbox as attachments.  If the dropbox isn't functioning, just email me and attach your work to the email.  
4.  You are welcome to email me at anytime.  I will usually get back to you within 24-48 hours. 
5.  Any information I provide in this class is for EDUCATIONAL USE ONLY and is not intended to be legal advice.  It does not create an attorney-client relationship.  Also, be wary---you should not rely on anything you read on the Internet (including anything from this class or text) as a substitute for sound legal advice.  You should go to an attorney in your area when you have legal problems.  If needed, I might be able to give you a referral to a competent attorney or at least send you to Lawyer Referral Service in the Central Texas area.  

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Reading & Exam/Assignment schedule:

Week One  June 1/ 3:

Criminal Law: Purposes, Scope and Sources; Essential Elements of Crime   Chapters 1 and 2

Week Two June 8/10

Criminal Liability, Responsibility and Capacity; Law Governing the Use of Force   Chapters 3,4,5

Quiz 1

Week Three  June 15/17

Criminal Defenses, Punishment and Jurisdiction   Chapters 6,7,8

Turn in Quiz One 

Week Four  June 22/24

Free Speech, Street Crimes and the Bill of Rights    Homicide     Chapters 9, 10

Mid term Exam

Week Five June 29/ July 1

Crimes Against the Person    Sex Crimes      Chapters 11/12

Week Six  July 6/8

Theft, Robbery and Burglary      Chapter 13,14

Quiz 2'

All 3 Essays: Assignment Due

Week Seven  July 13/15

White Collar Crime, Cyber and Commercial Crime   Drug Abuse and Alcohol -Related crime   Terrorism   Chapters 15, 16,17

Week Eight  July 20/22

Organized Crime and Gangs    Immigration Crime, Contempt and other crimes against gov’   Chapters 18,19   

Review all

Final 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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
Students are required to do their own work in this course.  Anyone who cheats in any way will receive an F for the course and be reported to the Academic Advisor for possible expulsion.  

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
Any student who plagiarizes will receive an F for the course and be reported to the Academic Advisor for possible expulsion.

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 "F".
  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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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. 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 .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Appraises the sources into congruous and thoughtful conclusions - thoughtful implies some original thinking Appraises the sources into congruous conclusions Appraises the sources into conclusions Evaluation is not present in artifact 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Combines common law and statutes into a consistent whole Combines common law and statutes into a consistent whole Combines two of the three types of sources into a consistent whole Fails to combine at least two of the three types of sources into a consistent whole 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Analyzes key elements from all sources (the text, statute, and common law source Analyzes key elements from the text and statute Analyzes key elements from only the text Analysis is not present in artifact 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The artifact shows multiple instances and exceptional understanding  of terminology and concepts throughout the paper The artifact shows sufficient and satisfactory use of terminology and concepts throughout the paper The artifact shows little and unsatisfactory use of terminology and concepts throughout the paper The artifact fails to demonstrate an understanding  of terminology and concepts appropriate to the profession 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Each section contains sufficient information that make the artifact a model for other students or publishable Each section contains sufficient information that make the artifact easily readable and understandable The artifact is readable and understandable but it is  sometimes difficult to transition from one section to another The relationship is hard to understand.  The artifact is difficult to read. 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The artifact contains fewer than 5 errors in the APA writing convention and in the paper presentation (spelling, grammar, etc.) The artifact contains 5 to 10 errors in the APA writing convention and in the paper presentation (spelling, grammar, etc.) The artifact contains more than 10 errors in the APA writing convention and in the paper presentation (spelling, grammar, etc.) The artifact contains so many errors in the APA writing convention or in the paper presentation that it is difficult to read 
Disciplinary Competency                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
analyzes previous laws and cases to decide the current constitutional issue in criminal justice and future implications of the resolution of this issue analyzes previous laws or cases (but not both) to decide the current constitutional issue in criminal justice and future implications of the resolution of this issue analyzes previous laws or cases (but not both) to decide the current constitutional issue in criminal justice, but fails to discuss future implications of the resolution of this issue shows no relationship between past issues and today's world 
Disciplinary Competency                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
clearly discusses social policy implications of the proposed solution to the constitutional issue discusses social policy implications of the proposed solution to the constitutional issue mentions social policy no discussion of social policy 
Disciplinary Competency                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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