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CJ 105 Criminal Law
Gardner, Gary A.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

CJ 105 Criminal Law

Semester

U1G 2011 GR

Faculty

Gardner, Gary A.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

B.S. Criminal Justice Administration
M.S. General Administration

Office Location

784 Eielson Street, Grand Forks AFB, ND

Office Hours

M-F 0800-1600

Daytime Phone

701 747-7164

Other Phone

701 741-2328 (Cell)

E-Mail

gary.gardner@park.edu

g3mgardner@gfwireless.com

Semester Dates

06 June - 30 July 2011

Class Days

-MTWRF-

Class Time

11:00 - 12:00 AM

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Samaha, Joel; Criminal Law, 10th ed., 2011; Wadsworth.
 
ISBN-13:978-0495-80749-0

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Current and Past Criminal Justice Periodicals and Publications.  Additional resources will be provided to the student(s), by the instructor at no cost, but must be returned at the end of the semester.

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Course Description:
CJ105 Criminal Law: This course is 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

Educational Philosophy:
Lectures, discussions, readings, case studies and video presentations.  Essays (CORE ASSESSMENT) and a midterm and final examination will be administered to ensure students grasp material presented and concepts being taught.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  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


Core Assessment:

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: 

  1. Write three essays: One essay will discuss one of the uncompleted or inchoate crimes or parties to crimes. A second essay will discuss a crime against persons. A third essay will discuss a crime against property.
  2. Select a state and its statute making an act a crime.  (e.g. stealing)
  3. Research the historical common law for that crime.
  4. Based on your research, compare the current criminal statute with the historical common law to see how the elements of the crime have evolved.
  5. Write a short essay, 1,250 words or five typewritten or computer-generated pages, describing the elements of the current state statute, the elements of the historical common law, and comparing the elements and how they have changed. Discuss possible reasons for the changes in the elements, how the interaction of criminal justice agencies and the law may have contributed to these changes, and suggest new changes in the statute, based on society’s needs today.

Each of your three essays must include:

  1. A cover page
  2. Introduction
  3. Description of the elements of the crime under historical common law
  4. Description of the elements of the current state statute for that crime
  5. Compare how the elements of the crime have changed from the historical common law to the current state statute
  6. Discuss possible reasons for the changes
  7. Suggest new changes in the statute, based on society’s needs today
  8. Reference page, using APA style

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 Rubric

Class Assessment:
Three written essays (CORE ASSESSMENT), a midterm and final examination will be administered.  The midterm and final examinations will each consist of one hundred questions.  The questions will be true/false, multiple choice and definitions.  The midterm will consist of material covered in chapters one through seven.  The final examination will consist of material covered in chapters eight through thirteen.

Grading:
Each essay will be worth 15% of the student(s) grade for a total of 45%.The midterm and final examinations will be woth 25% each for a total of 50%.  Class participation will be 10% of the student(s) final grade.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Students are responsible for reading all assignments from the text and other publications and periodicals provided by the instructor.  Written assignments are due on the dates assigned and late assignments will not be accepted unless coordinated witht he instructor beforehand.  Students are responsible for obtainng information regarding assignments made during any absences.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class participation is expected and will form a part of the final grade.  Students are expected to come to class prepared and to be on time.  Attendance will be taken each class meeting.  Classes missed for legitimate reasons such as illness, temporary duty, are excusable; however, the student must make up any missed work.  Each student is responsible for providing the justification for an unexcused absence.  Two or more unexcused absences are excessive and could result in a failing grade for the course.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

06 - 08 June - Chapter 1 - Define and understand what behavior deserves criminal punishment; understand the relationship between general and special parts of criminal law.  Identify, describe and understand the main sources of criminal law and discuss criminal punishment and sanctions and the difference between them.  Define and discuss the significance of the of innocence and the burden of proof as they relate to criminal liability.
09 - 10 and 13 June - Chapter 2 - Discuss the reasons for limits on criminal law and criminal punishment in the U.S.  Define the principle of legality and the relationship to the limits of criminal law and punishment.  Discuss the criteria for identifying vague laws and understanding their constitutional significance and consequences.  Discuss and debate limits placed on law and punishment as provided by the Bill of Rights.  Understand the importance of the right to trial by jury.
14 - 15 June - Chapter 3 - Discuss the voluntary act as the first principle of criminal liability.  Define, distinguish between the importance of the elements of criminal conduct and criminal liability.  Discuss general principle of acts reus.
16, 17 and 20 June - Chapter 4 - Understand most serious crimes require criminal intent and a criminal act.  Discuss the difference between general and specific intent.  Define and discuss the four mental states, purposely, knowingly, recklessly and negligently. 
21 - 22 June - Chapter 5 - Discuss self-defense as it relates to criminal law.  Define how defendants may not be criminally liable if their actions were justified or they were not responsible for their actions.  Discuss court proceedings for justified and excused criminal conduct.  FIRST ESSAAY DUE.
23, 24 and 27 June - Chapter 6 - Define, discuss and debate defenses to criminal liability to include insanity, involuntary intoxication, and self preservation.
28, 29 and 30 June - Chapter 7 (and review) - Participants before and during the commission of crimes are guilty of the crime itself (conspiracy).  Discuss how participants after the commission of a crime are guilty of a seperate, less serious offense.  Define and discuss "accessory".   Review chapters one thought seven.
01 July - MIDTERM EXAMINATION 
04 July - NO CLASS - HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY  - This class time will be made up during the rest of this week.
05 - 06 July - Chapter 8 - Define, discuss and debate "Inchoate Crimes: Attempt, Conspiracy and Solicitation."
07, 08 and 11 July - Chapter 9 - Crimes against persons; Murder and manslaughter.  Discuss the central elements in criminal homicide, voluntary/involuntary manslaughter and the central elements of the crime(s).  SECOND ESSAY DUE.
12, 13 and 14 July - Chapter 10 - Define and discuss crimes against persons; criminal sexual conduct, bodily injury and personal restraint.  Understand that crimes against person(s) involve taking a life; unwanted sexual invasions, bodily injuries and restraining of a person or persons.
15, 18, 19 and 20 July - Chapter 11 - Define and discuss crimes against property.  These include, but are not limited to; taking, damaging, destroying, invading the property of others.  Understand the difference between extortion and robbery.
21 - 22 July - Chapter 12 - Define and discuss crimes against public order and morals.  Define disorderly conduct and discuss " crimes."
25, 26 and 27 July - Chapter 13 - Discuss the defining and applying of crimes against the state and how they reflect the enduring idea of balancing security and freedom during wartime emergencies.  Discuss what constitutes an "enemy combatant" and what criminal laws should apply to such a person.
28 July - Review of chapters eight through 13.  THIRD ESSAY DUE.
29 July - FINAL EXAMINATION
 

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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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 .

Additional Information:
If you are unable to attend a class, please contact me prior to the class in order to be marked as excused.



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Appraises the sources into congruous and thoughtful conclusions - thoughtful implies some original thinking Appraises the sources into congruous conclusions Appraises the sources into conclusions Evaluation is not present in artifact 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Combines common law and statutes into a consistent whole Combines common law and statutes into a consistent whole Combines two of the three types of sources into a consistent whole Fails to combine at least two of the three types of sources into a consistent whole 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Analyzes key elements from all sources (the text, statute, and common law source Analyzes key elements from the text and statute Analyzes key elements from only the text Analysis is not present in artifact 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The artifact shows multiple instances and exceptional understanding  of terminology and concepts throughout the paper The artifact shows sufficient and satisfactory use of terminology and concepts throughout the paper The artifact shows little and unsatisfactory use of terminology and concepts throughout the paper The artifact fails to demonstrate an understanding  of terminology and concepts appropriate to the profession 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Each section contains sufficient information that make the artifact a model for other students or publishable Each section contains sufficient information that make the artifact easily readable and understandable The artifact is readable and understandable but it is  sometimes difficult to transition from one section to another The relationship is hard to understand.  The artifact is difficult to read. 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The artifact contains fewer than 5 errors in the APA writing convention and in the paper presentation (spelling, grammar, etc.) The artifact contains 5 to 10 errors in the APA writing convention and in the paper presentation (spelling, grammar, etc.) The artifact contains more than 10 errors in the APA writing convention and in the paper presentation (spelling, grammar, etc.) The artifact contains so many errors in the APA writing convention or in the paper presentation that it is difficult to read 
Disciplinary Competency                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
analyzes previous laws and cases to decide the current constitutional issue in criminal justice and future implications of the resolution of this issue analyzes previous laws or cases (but not both) to decide the current constitutional issue in criminal justice and future implications of the resolution of this issue analyzes previous laws or cases (but not both) to decide the current constitutional issue in criminal justice, but fails to discuss future implications of the resolution of this issue shows no relationship between past issues and today's world 
Disciplinary Competency                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
clearly discusses social policy implications of the proposed solution to the constitutional issue discusses social policy implications of the proposed solution to the constitutional issue mentions social policy no discussion of social policy 
Disciplinary Competency                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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