CJ 105 Criminal Law
S1Z 2011 ML
101 River Drive North, Great Falls, MT
Jan 10, 2011 through March 6, 2011
5:00 - 7:30 PM
Textbook: Title: Criminal Law, 10th Edition
Author: Joel Samaha - University of Minnesota
528 Pages Casebound
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The instructor's educational philosophy is one of full class participation based on lectures, reading assessments, dialogues, projects, and academic writings. The instructor expects students to have read the material and be prepared to have a class discussion on the topics covered in the text.
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:
1. Reading Assessment:
At the beginning of every class a reading assessment will be given covering the chapters assigned for that date. Format of the reading assessment will very each class, i.e., multiple choice, essay, and/or fill in the blank.
2. Class participation:
Students will be expected to participate in every class discussion. These points are awarded for simply showing up and discussing the topics covered in the reading and initiated by the instructor.
3. Mini-Mock Trial:
The class will be divided into prosecution and defense teams and students will be required to participate in a mock trial. Students must demonstrate an understanding of the basic elements of the crime, the defense of that crime, the burden of proof and evidentiary matters. Both teams will submit proposed jury instructions prior to mock trial. Format for the jury instructions will be discussed prior.
4. Final Examination:
A final examination will be given on all the topics covered in the reading. The format will be discussed with class prior to administration.
Mini-Mock Trial: 10%
Final Exam: 25%
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Only extraordinary circumstances warrant a student being allowed to make up a missed final examination. It is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor before the scheduled exam or assessment, or by the end of the first working day after the missed assessment, to request permission to take a make-up assessment. The essay will drop a full letter grade for each day it is late, without exception.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to act as professionals and conduct themselves accordingly. Additionally, students are expected to attend all classes, be on time, and while in the classroom observe the rule that "only one person persons at a time." Roll will be taken at eaach class meeting.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011: Vicarious liability: Chapters 7 & 8, ESSAY #2 DUE
Monday, February 7, 2011: Crimes Against Public Order and Morals: Chapter 12
Wednesday, February 9, 2011: Trial by Jury and discussion of Jury Instructions for Mock Trial; No Reading Assessment
Monday, February 14, 2011 Crimes Against the State: Chapter 13, Jury Instructions for Mini Mock Trial: DUE
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 Mini-Mock Trial
Monday, February 28, 2011 Review
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 Final Examination/Essay #3 Due
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Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
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