CJ 105 Criminal Law
SP 2010 HO
Professor of Criminal Justice
B.A. in History & Economics from University of Missouri-ColumbiaJ.D. from University of Missouri-Columbia
Mon & Wed & Fri 8:00-9:00, Tue & Thu 8:00-11:30
January 11 – May 7, 2010
1:00 - 2:15 PM
Textbook: Criminal Law Today, 4th edition, by Schmalleger, Hall, and Dolatowski, Prentice Hall (Pearson) 2010, ISBN 0-13-504261-5
Additional Resources: Other resources will be available in the eCompanion website for the course.
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Educational Philosophy: 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 information learned and apply this information in the study of the criminal law in the American legal system.
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 in group work, performance on periodic written assignments, and examinations. 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 two examinations in this course - a Mid-Term and a Final. Both examinations will be in the essay format. Further information about these examinations will be provided in the website for this course.
5. There will be three core essays as outlined above in this syllabus. There will also be group projects.. Further information about these group projects will be provided in the website for this course.
6. All assignments MUST be submitted using Microsoft Word 2003 or Word 2007 in the appropriate dropbox in the eCompanion site for this course.
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, and examinations will be found in the website for this course.
Jan 12 & 14
Introductions & The Nature & History of Criminal Law
Course syllabus & Chapter 1
begin Group Project 1
Jan 19 & 21
Criminal Liability & the Essence of Crime
Jan 26 & 28
Expanding the Concept of Crime
complete Group Project 1 (50)
Feb 2 & 4
Extending Criminal Liability: Inchoate Offenses & Parties to Crime
Core Essay 1 (100)
Feb 9 & 11
Justifications as Defenses
begin Group Project 2
Feb 16 & 18
Defenses: Excuses & Insanity
Feb 23 & 25
Legal & Social Dimensions of Personal Crime: Homicide
complete Group Project 2 (50)
Mar 2 & 4
Legal & Social Dimensions of Personal Crime: Assault, Battery, & Other Personal Crimes
Mid-Term Exam (100)
Mar 8 - 12
Mar 16 & 18
Legal & Social Dimensions of Property & Computer Crimes
Core Essay 2 (100)
Mar 23 & 25
Offenses against Public Order & the Administration of Justice
begin Group Project 3
Mar 30 & Apr 1
Terrorism & Human Trafficking
Apr 6 & 8
Offenses against Public Morality
complete Group Project 3 (50)
Apr 13 & 15
Victims & the Law
Core Essay 3 (100)
Apr 20 & 22
Punishment & Sentencing
Apr 27 & 29
Summary & Review
Tue May 4
1:00 to 3:00 PM
Final Exam (150)
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Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
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