COURSE NUMBER: CJ105
COURSE TITLE: CRIMINAL LAW
PROFESSOR: NAOMI E. CLARK, ESQ.
TERM DATES: OCT. 18, 2004-DEC. 12, 2004
MEETING TIMES: MON./WED.—4:45-7:15
CENTER: MCAS CHERRY POINT
HOME: 447-0396 (NOT AFTER 11:00)
PARK UNIVERSITY VISION STATEMENT
Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.
PARK UNIVERSITY 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.
SYLLABUS FOR CRIMINAL LAW
I. COURSE DESCRIPTION: A survey of the history and nature of criminal law in the United States. Substantive law, defenses, and criminal responsibility will be studied within the context of the criminal justice process and rules of evidence.
II. GOALS OF THE COURSE: Provide the student with a clear understanding of the theories of criminal responsibility and of specific crimes in particular, as well as a familiarity with the prosecution of those crimes by government.
III. LEARNING OBJECTIVES: This course will require the student to understand and analyze various crimes and factual situations relating to crimes or criminal activity and to apply the various rules and principles of criminal law to determine the existence of crimes.
IV. COURSE ARRANGEMENTS: Sessions will include a variety of teaching techniques including lectures, analysis of case materials and hypothetical fact patterns as well as simulation.
V. COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Students will be expected to study all assigned readings from the text and any other assigned readings. Additionally, students will be expected to participate substantively in class discussions and other activities.
VI. TEXTBOOK: Samaha, Joel, CRIMICAL LAW, Eighth Edition, Wadsworth: Thomas Learning Center, 2005.
VII. SUPPLEMENTAL READINGS: Instructor handouts, including internet assignments.
VIII. SCHEDULE (See Attached).
IX. A. CLASS POLICIES, PARTICIPATION AND ATTENDANCE: Class participation is expected and will form a part of the final grade. Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”. An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Reports of F grade (attendance of academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency. Students are expected to attend all classes, be on time, and while in the classroom observe the rule that “only one person speaks at a time.” Roll will be taken at each class meeting.
B. EXCESSIVE ABSENCES: Three unexcused absences are excessive and will result in an involuntary withdrawal and a grade of “F (attendance)” for the course. TAD orders may be given to the instructor or turned into the school office.
C. ADD/DROP/WITHDRAWAL: Adding, dropping or withdrawal from a class must be done by the student at the Park University Resident Center Office by completing the enrollment adjustment form. Adding, dropping or withdrawing by telephone is mot permitted.
D. MAKING UP MISSED FINAL EXAMINATIONS: Only extraordinary circumstances warrant a student’s being allowed to make up a missed final exam. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor before the scheduled exam, or by the end of the first working day after the day of the missed exam, to request permission to take a make-up exam.
E. ACADEMIC HONESTY: “Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.” If determined by the instructor that academic dishonesty has occurred in any part of this course, the student(s) involved will normally be given an immediate grade off and dropped from the course. The second violation will result in automatic expulsion from the school. The Associate Dean will be notified in writing of the action taken.
F. 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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding student with disabilities and, to the extent 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: www.park.edu/disability.
X. GRADING POLICY: The final course grade will be determined using the following measurement:
Class Participation: 10%
Mid-Term Examination 35%
Term Paper 10% (1-3 pages-anything with criminal law-Double spaced w/work cited page. Due date Last Thurs. of 7th week)
Mock Trial 10%
Final Examination 35%
*Students will be prepared to discuss all scheduled assignments in class.
A-93% or above
B-85% to 92.99%
C-77% to 84.99%
D-70% to 76.99%
F-below 70% or 3 unexcused absences
XI. SIGNIFICANT COURSE DATES:
Beginning of Term: October 18, 2004
Last Day of Add/Drop: October 25, 2004
Last Day of Partial Refund: November 12, 2004
Last Day of Withdrawal: November 29, 2004
End of Term: December 12, 2004
VII. CLASS & EXAMINATION SCHEDULE
DATE TOPIC ASSIGNMENT
OCT. 19 NATURE AND PURPOSES OF CRIMINAL LAW CHAPTER 1
OCT. 21 CRIMES AGAINS PUB. ORD. & MORALS CHAPTER 12
OCT. 26 GEN. PRINC. OF CRIM. LIABILITY ASSIGN TERM PAPERS CHAPTERS 2 & 3
OCT. 28 GEN. PRINC. OF CRIM. LIABILITY CHAPTERS 3 & 4
NOV. 2 GEN. PRINC. OF CRIM. LIABILITY PARTIES TO CRIMES CHAPTERS 4&5
NOV. 4 PARTIES TO CRIMES UNC. CRIMES CHAPTERS 5&6
NOV. 9(TAKE HOME TEST DEF. TO CRIM. LIAB. CHAPTERS 7&8
DUE NOV 16 ESSAY T&F REVIEW FROM MIDTERM
TO BE ANNOUNCED MIDTERM
NOV. 16 HOMICIDE CHAPTER 9
NOV 18 HOMICIDE & CRIM. SEXUAL CONDUCT. CHAPTERS 9&10
NOV. 23 CRIM. SEXUAL CONDUCT & BURG. CHAPTERS 10&11
NOV. 30 BURG. & CRIMES CHAPTERS 11&12
DEC. 2 MOCK TRIAL
DEC. 7 CRIMES AGAINSE PROP. & AGAINST PUB. ORD. MORALS CHAPTERS 12&13
DEC. 9 FINAL
TERM PAPER DUE 7TH WEEK
PERSUASIVE ARGUMENT ON ARGUMENT