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
The instructor's educational philosophy for this course is to offer students the opportunity to understand the basic principles of criminal law and their application in the United States. The course, through use of lectures, readings, guest speakers, videos, examinations, class dialogue and student journals, will focus on substantive and procedural criiminal law applicable in the United States.
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.
The instructor will assess students' learning through class discussions stemming from lectures, readings, guest speakers' presentations, video presentations, and student journals, as well as through three examinations.
The final course grade is based on the following:
Class participation - 20%
Student journals - 20%
Three examinations - 20% each
Late Submission of Course Materials:
The instructor will not accept assignments late. Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of "zero" absent compelling reasons.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Because this course will involve a relatively significant amount of classroom discussion and dialogue, tolerance of, and respect for, the point of view of other individuals in the class must be maintained at all times. Students will be allowed (and at times encouraged) to challenge the opinion of the instructor and of other students, buy anyone doing so will be required to do so tactfully, respectfully and professionally.
Reading assignments from the text, and from supplemental materials provided by the instructor, will be made sufficiently in advance of each class to allow students time to prepare. As a general rule of thumb, students should read the next chapter of the book not already discussed before coming to the next class.
The instructor will administer the first two exams at the approximate one-third and two-third marks in the term, and will administer the third exam at the conclusion of the term. Students will be advised of the exact dates well in advance of the actual exam dates, and review sessions will be offered prior to each exam. None of the tests will be cumulative. All tests will be closed-book/notes.
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.
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Academic honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers, journals or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.
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.
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Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructor.
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and
to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergradute
Catalog Page 100
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