CJ 105 Criminal Law
FA 2011 HO
Professor of Criminal Justice
B.A. in History & Economics from University of Missouri – ColumbiaJ.D. from University of Missouri – Columbia
Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
August 15 – December 9, 2011
7:20 - 8:35 AM
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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 statutes 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 freshman level college 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. Examinations. There will be both a mid-term examination and a final examination in this course.
5. Core Essays. There will be three core essays, outlined above. All assignments will be 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. Group Projects. There will be five group projects in this course. The specifics of this requirement and the rubric for scoring this requirement will be developed the first class meeting.
7. 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 16 & 18
Nature & History of Criminal Law
text chapter 1
Aug 23 & 25
text chapter 2
Aug 30 & Sep 1
Concept of Crime
text chapter 3
30 – Group Project 1 (30)
Sep 6 & 8
Inchoate Offenses & Parties to Crime
text chapter 4
8 – Core Essay 1 (100)
Sep 13 & 15
text chapter 5
13 – Group Project 2 (30)
Sep 20 & 22
Defenses: Excuses & Insanity
text chapter 6
Sep 27 & 29
text chapter 7
Class will meet online only this week
Oct 4 & 6
text chapter 8
Oct 18 & 20
text chapter 9
18 – Core Essay 2 (30)
Oct 25 & 27
Crimes Against Public Order
text chapter 10
25 – Group Project 4 (30)
Nov 1 & 3
Terrorism & Human Trafficking
text chapter 11
Nov 8 & 10
Offenses Against Public Morality
text chapter 12
8 – Group Project 5 (30)
Nov 15 & 17
Victims & the Law
text chapter 13
15 – Core Essay 3 (100)
Nov 22 & 24
Punishment & Sentencing
text chapter 14
24 – Thanksgiving Recess NO CLASS
Nov 29 & Dec 1
Summary & Review
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Final Exam (250)
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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93
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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96
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:7/26/2011 4:40:00 PM