CJ 105 Criminal Law
F2T 2007 DLA
Bower, William C.
Juris DoctorMaster Criminal JusticeBachelor of Science
Houghton Lake, Michigan
After 6 pm EDT Monday thru Friday
October 22 to December 16, 2007
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
Additional Resources: www.findlaw.com
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This course is the introductory course in criminal law. This course will examine how crimes are defined and what is required to arrest and convict defendants of violations of the criminal law through interactive discussions, essays and an exam. We will examine general principles of criminal responsibility, defenses to that responsibility, and the elements of specific crimes. We will be focusing on the majority of crimes, which are defined by the states. We will only mention federal crimes, which are a much smaller portion of the overall crime picture.
Criminal laws vary from state to state, but there are many similarities. Much of the state criminal law in the United States was developed at common law. Common law was how various judges defined the law. Increasingly since the early 1900s, the state legislatures have become more involved in regulating criminal behavior by passing statutes defining crimes and their penalties. In the past several decades, a number of states have adopted a version of the Model Penal Code, which is a non-governmental effort at bringing some standardization to the criminal law.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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:
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.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment: Class Assessment:
Each week, participation is required. Initial participation in the week's discussion is required by Thursday morning, with follow-up discussion required by Sunday morning. Each week's participation is worth 40 points (20 points for responses to instructor's opening questions and 20 points for responses to classmates' postings). Participation will be graded based on the following criteria:
Did the student answer at least 2 of the instructor's opening questions?
Proctored final examination:
A final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location. ( A proctor is someone who gives you the exam) For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website. The proctored final exam for this course is worth 300 points.
Other information on proctored exams:
It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor.
Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor.
A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval. Failure to take a final proctored exam will result in an automatic grade of "F".
Grading Criteria –Students are expected to participate and complete all assignments during the weeks in which they are assigned. The due date for all assignments is 12:00 midnight Mountain Time on the Sunday of each week of the course unless a different due date is specified.
Course Grading Scale- The components of the course and their respective worth are as follows:
Weekly online question entries
30 points each week
for 240 points total
Weekly online feedback entries
20 points each week
for 160 points total
100 points each assignment
for 300 points total
90- 100% (900 points or higher)
80-89% (800 to 899 points)
70-79% (700 to 799 points)
60-69% (600 to 699 points)
< 60% (599 or fewer points)
Late Submission of Course Materials: Work submitted after the close of each week's class Sunday night at 12:00 midnight will be subject to 5% penalty each week each week it is late.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Course weeks begin on Mondays and end on Sundays. The classroom each week will open on Sunday, the day before the class officially begins. You are required to enter the course discussion each week several times. You should enter your initial responses to discussion questions posted by the instructor by Thursday , then enter your responses to classmates' responses by Sunday . I will enter responses periodically during the week.
Assignments must be posted by 12:00 midnight Sunday evening, Mountain Time, by submitting the assignment to the correct drop box. I will grade the assignment, and submit the graded assignment with score and comments back to that drop box. Additional graded activities, including participation, will posted in the grade book weekly.
For private communication with me or with classmates, use e-mail. For all other course activities, use the discussion, chat and drop box.
Students are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each Online course policy. If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.
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.
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 .
Last Updated:10/3/2007 4:46:07 PM