CJ 105 Criminal Law
U1A 2011 BE
Carstarphen, Dr. Melanie
B.A. Dallas Baptist UniversityJ.D. (Juris Doctor) South Texas College of Law
Austin, Texas Campus
(by appointment only)
(512) 385-7275 campus office
June 6, 2011 through July 31, 2011
Criminal Law, Gardner, 10th Edition (2009) ISBN 978-0-495-39089-3
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Educational Philosophy: Dr. C: I am interested in developing your critical thinking skills. By the time you complete this course, I want for you to be able to apply legal theories in a manner that is professional, thoughtful and honest, both in your career and daily life. We will also have some fun---we'll spend some time each week on a criminal investigation 'whodunnit' mystery!
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:
Late Submission of Course Materials: You can only take an exam late with my permission. Without an appropriate excuse, you will receive a Zero. Appropriate excuses would include deployment to Iraq or hospitalization or the funeral of an immediate family member during the week the exam is given. With an appropriate excuse (that has been communicated to me in a timely manner via telephone or email), you may take the exam late but you will receive no higher grade than a C for two actual days late. You may only take the exam late within the same week.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: 1. Read your assignment BEFORE coming to class.
Reading & Exam/Assignment schedule:
Week One June 1/ 3:
Criminal Law: Purposes, Scope and Sources; Essential Elements of Crime Chapters 1 and 2
Week Two June 8/10
Criminal Liability, Responsibility and Capacity; Law Governing the Use of Force Chapters 3,4,5
Week Three June 15/17
Criminal Defenses, Punishment and Jurisdiction Chapters 6,7,8
Turn in Quiz One
Week Four June 22/24
Free Speech, Street Crimes and the Bill of Rights Homicide Chapters 9, 10
Mid term Exam
Week Five June 29/ July 1
Crimes Against the Person Sex Crimes Chapters 11/12
Week Six July 6/8
Theft, Robbery and Burglary Chapter 13,14
All 3 Essays: Assignment Due
Week Seven July 13/15
White Collar Crime, Cyber and Commercial Crime Drug Abuse and Alcohol -Related crime Terrorism Chapters 15, 16,17
Week Eight July 20/22
Organized Crime and Gangs Immigration Crime, Contempt and other crimes against gov’ Chapters 18,19
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