CJ 105 Criminal Law
FA 2010 HO
Professor of Criminal Justice
B.A. in History & Economics from University of Missouri-ColumbiaJ.D. from University of Missouri – Columbia
Tuesdays 10:00-noon & 12:30-2:30, Thursdays 10:00-noon
August 16 – December 10, 2010
7:20 - 8:35 AM
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Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
Additional Resources: Additional resources will be available on the course website.
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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, criticize, and synthesize information learned and apply this information in the examination of the common law and current statures on crimes, and the application of these laws to crimes.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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:
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.Be sure to review the Core Assessment Rubric.
Link to Class RubricClass 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 on three core essays, periodic written assignments, group work, and examinations. The opportunities to work in groups will be assessed based on individual and group performance. See “Grading” below for greater specificity.
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:
All assignments are due at the beginning of the class period they are due. Course grades are determined on the following allocation of points:
Point accumulation for grades:
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. Final Examination. There will be a final examination in this course.
5. There will be periodic written assignments in this course. Further information about these will be provided in the website for this course. All assignments will be either completed in class or submitted in a dropbox in the eCompanion website for this course. I will NOT accept assignments submitted by e-mail. Please see me if you are unfamiliar with using eCompanion.
6. Major Paper. A major paper is required in this course. The specifics of this requirement and the rubric for scoring this requirement will be developed the first class meeting.
7. Group Projects. There will be two group projects in this course. The specifics of this requirement and the rubric for scoring this requirement will be developed the first class meeting.
8. 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.
Aug 17 & 19
Nature & History of Criminal Law
Text chapter 1
Why have criminal law?
In class essay
Aug 24 & 26
Text chapter 2
What should make someone criminally responsible, rather than civilly responsible for his/her actions?
Begin group project 1
Aug 31 & Sep 2
Concept of Crime
Text chapter 3
Why do people turn left at a sign that says Right turn only?
Continue group project work
Sep 7 & 9
Inchoate Offenses & Parties to Crime
Text chapter 4
How responsible should we be for acts of others?
Sep 14 & 16
Text chapter 5
When is it legal to kill?
Core essay 1 due
Sep 21 & 23
Defenses: Excuses & Insanity
Text chapter 6
How should we handle crazy people?
Begin group project 2
Sep 28 & 30
Text chapter 7
Why do people kill?
Oct 5 & 7
Assault & Related Crimes
Text chapter 8
Why do people fight?
Oct 19 & 21
Text chapter 9
What force should be allowed to protect your property?
Core essay 2 due
Oct 26 & 28
Crimes Against Public Order
Text chapter 10
Should contempt of court be limited?
Begin group project 3
Nov 2 & 4
Terrorism & Human Trafficking
Text chapter 11
How is terrorism different from other crimes?
Nov 9 & 11
Offenses Against Public Morality
Text chapter 12
Tue - Group project 3 presentation
Thu - No class - Veterans Day
Nov 16 & 18
Victims & the Law
Text chapter 13
What role should victims play in the criminal justice system?
Core essay 3 due
Nov 23 & 25
Punishment & Sentencing
Text chapter 14
What should be the purpose of criminal punishment?
Thu - No class - Thanksgiving
Nov 30 & Dec 2
Summary & Review
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
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