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CJ 105 Criminal Law
Johnson, Jerome


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

F2B 2007 BL

Faculty

Johnson, Jerome

Title

Adjunct Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

BS, MA

Office Location

Classroom

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone

(915) 525-1601

E-Mail

Jerome.Johnson@park.edu

DJDJ1055@aol.com

Semester Dates

October 15 to December 5

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

7:40 - 10:10 PM

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Samaha, Joel. (2008). Criminal Law, 9th Ed. Thomson Wadworth: Belmont, CA., ISBN 10: 0495-09539-7.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
To be discussed in class.  On occasion the instructor will refer students to supplemental reading material, case studies, and currrent newspaper articles.

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Course Description:
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:

The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, class discussion/participation, regarding current events in the news and in news articles. The emphasis will be to challenge the adult learner to engage and explore a myriad of ideas and issues confronting the modern criminal justice system.
 
The intructor's approach to education is to emphasize and broaden the student's critical thinking skills and for the student to be able to articulate his or her ideas in written form and through public speaking.  The instructor will use lectures, class discussions, group activities, and supplement readings to facilitate learning.  Student performance expectations:
 
1. The instructor assumes the student has read and understands the syllabus and expects the students to ask questions if any aspect of the course requirements are unclear.
 
2. Students are expected to demonstrate that they are meeting course objectives by attending class, actively participating in class discussions, submitting all written work in a timely manner, prepared to discuss oral presentation by due date and being in class for scheduled examinations and assignments.
 
3. Students are assigned readings from the required text in advance of each class meeting are are expected to be prepared for class.

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


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. 1. Demonstrate a knowledge of the origins of law, to include natural law.
  2. 2. Identify the elements of a crime as defined in U.S. law.
  3. 3. Define the steps of the criminal justice/legal system in the United States.
  4. 4. Explain the development of law in Europe and how this affected the United States.
Core Assessment:

For this class you will be expected to write three essays - each comparing a modern state statute with corresponding historical common law for that crime. The essays may be collected all at once or at different times during the course. 

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. 

To complete each of the three essays, you should: 

  1. Select a state and its statute making an act a crime (e.g. stealing).
  2. Research the historical common law for that crime.
  3. Based on your research, compare the current criminal statute with the historical common law to see how the elements of the crime have evolved.
  4. 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.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
Each student is responsible for reading all chapter assignments and to be prepared to discuss chapter contents.  Student essays will be orally presented to the class at a designated time/date, per our class schedule. There will be a five point deduction per class for any late assignments for that project. For example, if you are scheduled to orally present your essay on November 12 and you give the presentation on November 21, you have missed two class periods, therefore, 10 points would be deducted from your presentation/paper grade. There will be one mid-term exam and one final exam. There may be class quizzes on occasion.  The presentation of the essays, class discussion, exams/quizzes, and attendance will form the basis for your final grade.

Grading:

Mid-Term Exam @ 35%                                 35 points
Final Exam @ 35%                                          35 points
Presentation and Term Paper @ 20%               20 points
Class Participation @ 10% or                           10 points
Quizzes @ 5% and Class Participation @ 5%    _________
                                                                        100 points
 
Total @ 100%
 
In computing grades, the following scale will be used; however the instructor reserves the right to make adjustments: A = 90-100%, B = 80-89%, C = 70-79%, D = 60-69%, F = less than 60%.  In determining grades on written work, major factors to be considered include whether or not the assignment was completely accurately and in a timely manner.
 
Core Assessment: The term paper will be the core assessment assignment.  To successfully complete the core assessment assignment, you will need to prepare the three essays as indicated in the syllabus.  Students will use six sources for each essay, (the course textbook and five others) for each essay for a total of eighteen sources.  The instructor must approve your presentation topic prior to your presentation.  The term paper will be 20% of the course grade.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Work missed due to military or work related absences must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.  Work missed because of any other absences or work turned in late will not be accepted.  It is your responsibility to meet deadlines and turn in completedf work when it is due.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class members will treat each other with respect and dignity.  Students should come to class properly prepared to discuss the scheduled lesson. Excused absences must be approved in advance of the specific class to be missed.  Cell phones must be set to manner mode during class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Mon 10/15 - Introduction, class expectations, administrative issues, term paper topics
Wed 10/17 - Ch. 1- The Nature and Limits of Criminal Law
Mon 10/22 - Ch. 2 - Constitutional Limits on Criminal Law
Wed 10/24 - Ch. 3 - The General Principles of Criminal Liability: Actus Reus
Mon 10/29 - Ch. 4 - The General Principles of Criminal Liability: Mens Rea
Wed 10/31 - Ch. 5 - Defenses to Criminal Liability: Justifications
Mon 11/5   - Ch. 6 - Defenses to Criminal Liability: Excuse -  Review for Mid-Term
Wed 11/7   - Mid-Term Exam
Mon 11/12 - Ch. 7 - Parties to Crime and Vicarious Liability -  start presentations
Wed 11/14 - Ch. 8 - Inchoate Crimes: Attempt, Conspiracy, and Solicitation -  presentations
Mon 11/19 - Ch. 9 - Crimes Against Persons I: Criminal Homicide -  presentations
Wed 11/21 - Ch. 10 - Crimes Against Persons II: Personal Injury -  presentations
Mon 11/26 - Ch 11 - Crimes Against Property -  presentations
Wed 11/28 - Ch. 12-13 - Crimes Against Public Order and Morals/ Crimes Against the State -  Review for Final Exam
Mon 12/3   - Final Exam
Wed 12/5  -  Review grades with individual students

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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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