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CJ 105 Criminal Law
Kern, Kathleen


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

CJ 105 Criminal Law

Semester

F2A 2012 BE

Faculty

Kern, (Kerrie) Kathleen

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Juris Doctor, Georgetown University Law Center
Bachelor of Science, University of Houston

Office Location

Austin Campus

Office Hours

By appoinment.

Daytime Phone

512-909-3247

E-Mail

kerrie.kern@park.edu

Kern.ParkU@gmail.com

Semester Dates

October 22, 2012 through December 16, 2012

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

5:10 - 7:50 PM

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Criminal Law: 11th Edition.
Author: Thomas J. Gardner & Terry M. Anderson
ISBN: 978-0-495-01337-5

(The 10th Edition of this book may be used, and coordinating chapters are noted in the syllabus.  However, it is the student's sole responsibility to listen in class lectures and test reviews for any updated information or changes to the law since that edition.  These changes WILL NOT be pointed out by the instructor.)

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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:

Your instructor's educational philosophy is based upon lectures, class discussion, examinations, independent student analysis through writing and research, and exposure through observation of the criminal justice system.

Assignments are intended to encourage thoughtful exploration of ideas and concepts.  Essays allow students to apply  information provided during the course to real life situations and observations.

Contradictory, but respectful, thoughts are encouraged as part of the learning process.


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:

There will be 5 components to the total class grade: class participation with attendance, three essays (core requirement), six quizzes, one mid-term, and one final exam. 

Participation (with attendance) 15%

Three Essays  45% (15% each)

Six Quizzes 10% (approx. 16.5% each)

Mid Term Exam 15%

Final Exam  15%

Total: 100%


Each student is responsible for:

Reading all assigned chapters.

Completing and turning in all coursework in a timely manner.

Attending all classes and participating in class discussions.


TESTING:

Each quiz will cover 2 classes.  The questions will be worth 1 point each.  The questions for the mid-term exam will be taken from the questions contained within the first three quizzes.  The questions for the final exam will be taken from the questions contained within the last three quizzes, and the final class.  You class lectures will serve as review for the quizzes.  Your quizzes will serve as review or the exams.  

ESSAYS:

Your three essays are required by Park University as the core curriculum for this class.  The due dates and subject matter are listed in the syllabus.  We will discuss the essays more as each one is pending.


Grading:

The grading scale is as follows:

A=900-1000; B=800-899; C=700-799; D=600-699; F=0-599.

Class grade will be based on a possible 1000 points, distributed as follows:

Participation, with attendance: 150 points (10 points per class)
Three essays: 150 points each, totaling 450 points

6 Quizzes: 100 points (16 points each for 2, 17 points each for 4).
One mid-term: 150 points
One final exam: 150 points.


Late Submission of Course Materials:

All papers will be due by 11:59pm on the date listed on the syllabus.  All tests (mid-term and final) will be administered on the dates listed in the syllabus. 

If a class is missed and excused, makeup work will be required.  Each student missing a class will be required to turn in a 300 word summary of the chapter covered (for each class missed), prior to the next scheduled class time. Makeup work for absence must be submitted by the end of the next scheduled class, either in the drop-box or in person.  It will not be accepted after that unless the student and the instructor have made prior  arrangements, in writing. The makeup work will allow the student to obtain "class participation" credit for that class.  Makeup work may be submitted for up to two classes per semester.  After two missed classes, "class participation" credit will not be granted, even with makeup work. 

Research papers will be penalized ten points for each class it is late unless the student and instructor have made an advance  arrangements, in writing. Papers are late if not posted via drop-box by 11:59 pm MST. Papers that are late three class dates will not be accepted.

Quizzes will be administered during the last 30 minutes of the class listed.  Missed quizzes are not available for makeup grades.

Examination missed as a result of excused absence can be rescheduled within one week after the regularly scheduled exam date. NOTICE:  All missed exams will be rescheduled to be taken DURING class time, while a lecture is ongoing. Examination missed as a result of unexcused  absence will be recorded as an "F." There will be no examination retakes.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Attendance/Participation:

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. Quizzes will be administered within the last 30 minutes of class. Attendance will be taken each class meeting.  Students are expected to engage in class discussions and remain in class for the entire period.

If a student must leave a class early, it should be approved by the instructor, in advance of the applicable class.  Any class time missed will be proportionately subtracted from the students class participation grade. Students that miss more than 30 minutes of any class, due to tardiness, will be marked absent for that class period.  Students that come late and leave early will have their attendance/participation grades reduced proportionately.  

Classes missed for legitimate reasons, such as illness, temporary duty, are excusable; however, the student must contact the instructor in advance of the absence, and make up the 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.
 
Interaction:

A successful class requires class participation.  For comfortable class participation, all students must feel respected and safe.  Accordingly, while opinions on the subject matter discussed may be heart-felt, and diverse, all student interaction shall maintain a polite and respectful tone, and be conversational, not confrontational, in manner and approach.

Students who are disruptive, abusive, rude or unruly towards any student, guest, or faculty will be removed from the class.  Rude conduct towards the class and instructor includes: disruptive chattering, doing homework, reading a book or material other than the text, sleeping, texting, or repeatedly leaving class to answer phone calls.


Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ WEEK 1 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Class 1 (October 23):  Chapter 1 & 2 – Criminal Law & Jurisdiction

              (10th Edition: Chapters 1 & 8)


Class 2 (October 25):  Chapter 3 – Essential Elements of Crime

               (10th Edition: Chapter 2)

               ** Quiz #1 **

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ WEEK 2 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Class 3 (October 30):  Chapter 4 & 5 – Criminal Liability & Criminal Responsibility

              (10th Edition: Chapters 3 & 4)

               
Class 4 (November 1):  Chapter 6 – Law Governing the Use of Force

              (10th Edition: Chapter 5)

              ***** 1st Essay Due *****

               ** Quiz #2 **

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ WEEK 3 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Class 5 (November 6):  Chapter 7 & 8 – Other Criminal Defenses, Criminal Punishments

              (10th Edition: Chapters 6 & 7)


Class 6 (November 8):  Chapter 9 – Free Speech, Street Crimes & The Bill of Rights

              (10th Edition: Chapter 9)

               ** Quiz #3 **

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ WEEK 4 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Class 7 (November 13): Domestic Violence

            **** MID TERM EXAM ****


Class 8 (November 15): Chapter 10 - Homicide    

              (10th Edition: Chapter 10)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ WEEK 5 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Class 9 (November 20): Chapter 11 - Assault, Battery & Other Crimes Against the Person 

                (10th Edition: Chapter 11)

              ***** 2nd Essay Due *****

               ** Quiz #4 **

No Class (November 22) - THANKSGIVING

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ WEEK 6 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Class 10 (November 27): Chapter 12 – Sexual Assault, Rape, Prostitution & Sex Crimes 

                (10th Edition: Chapter 12)

Class 11 (November 29): Chapter 13 & 14 - Theft, Robbery, Burglary & Related Crimes

                (10th Edition: Chapters 13 & 14)

               ** Quiz #5 **

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ WEEK 7 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Class 12 (December 4): Chapter 15 & 17–  White Collar Crime & Cyber Crime & Terrorism

                (10th Edition: Chapters 15 & 17)


Class 13 (December 6): Chapter 16 – Drug Abuse & Alcohol Related

                (10th Edition: Chapter 16)

   ***** 3rd Essay Due *****

               ** Quiz #6 **

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ WEEK 8 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Class 14 (December 11): Chapter 18 & 19 – Organized Crime & Gangs, Immigration Crimes

                (10th Edition: Chapters 18 & 19)


Class 15 (December 13):  **** FINAL EXAM ****

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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 95-96

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 95

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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 .

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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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