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CJ 105 Criminal Law
Plumb, Greg


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

SP 2010 HO

Faculty

Plumb, Greg

Title

Professor of Criminal Justice

Degrees/Certificates

B.A. in History & Economics from University of Missouri-Columbia
J.D. from University of Missouri-Columbia

Office Location

MA224

Office Hours

Mon & Wed & Fri 8:00-9:00, Tue & Thu 8:00-11:30

Daytime Phone

816-584-6506

E-Mail

greg.plumb@park.edu

Semester Dates

January 11 – May 7, 2010

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

1:00 - 2:15 PM

Prerequisites

none

Credit Hours

3


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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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:
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

  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:

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.

Grading:

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:

  • Was the work completed?
  • Was the work completed correctly?
  • Was the work completed on time?

All assignments are due at the beginning of the class period they are due. Course grades are determined on the following allocation of points:

  • Participation                     300
  • Three core essays             300
  • Examinations                    250
  • Group projects                 150
  • Total                             1,000

Point accumulation for grades:

  • 900 - 1000 points - A
  • 800 - 899 points   - B
  • 700 - 799 points   - C
  • 600 - 699 points   - D
  • 0 - 599 points       - F

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.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

All materials, including links to reading assignments, written assignments, and examinations will be found in the website for this course.

Week

Dates

Topic

Reading

Assignments

1

Jan 12 & 14

Introductions & The Nature & History of Criminal Law

Course syllabus & Chapter 1

 begin Group Project 1

2

Jan 19 & 21

Criminal Liability & the Essence of Crime

Chapter 2

3

Jan 26 & 28

Expanding the Concept of Crime

Chapter 3

complete Group Project 1 (50)

4

Feb 2 & 4

Extending Criminal Liability: Inchoate Offenses & Parties to Crime

Chapter 4

Core Essay 1 (100)

5

Feb 9 & 11

Justifications as Defenses

Chapter 5

begin Group Project 2

6

Feb 16 & 18

Defenses: Excuses & Insanity

Chapter 6

7

Feb 23 & 25

Legal & Social Dimensions of Personal Crime: Homicide

Chapter 7

complete Group Project 2 (50)

8

Mar 2 & 4

Legal & Social Dimensions of Personal Crime: Assault, Battery, & Other Personal Crimes

Chapter 8

Mid-Term Exam (100)

Spring Recess

Mar 8 - 12

NO CLASSES

9

Mar 16 & 18

Legal & Social Dimensions of Property & Computer Crimes

Chapter 9

Core Essay 2 (100)

10

Mar 23 & 25

Offenses against Public Order & the Administration of Justice

Chapter 10

begin Group Project 3

11

Mar 30 & Apr 1

Terrorism & Human Trafficking

Chapter 11

12

Apr 6 & 8

Offenses against Public Morality

Chapter 12

complete Group Project 3 (50)

13

Apr 13 & 15

Victims & the Law

Chapter 13

Core Essay 3 (100)

14

Apr 20 & 22

Punishment & Sentencing

Chapters 14

 

15

Apr 27 & 29

Summary & Review

Finals

Tue May 4

1:00 to 3:00 PM

Final Exam (150)

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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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