Introduction to Criminal Law
Phone: 963-3667 @ Ellensburg Phone: 963-3720 @ YVCC
Office: Psychology 458 Office hour: T-TH 11:00 a.m.- 12:00
Office: DHEC 219 (@ YVCC) Office hour: MTWTH 4:00 p.m.- 5:00
LAJ Department Home Page: http://www.cwu.edu/~lajhome/
Samaha, J. (2005). Criminal
Law. (8th ed.)
APA. (2001). Publication
Manual of the American Psychological Association. (5th ed).
Students will develop a basic understanding of criminal law, gain an understanding of the criminal court system, and learn the major types of crimes. This includes the components of each crime and the issues related to proving a criminal act.
Students are expected to attend every class session and to be prepared. Minimum preparation includes reading the material scheduled to be covered in the textbook. The class will be divided into different groups and the groups will be assigned cases to brief to the class All case briefs and written assignments will be turned in to the instructor via email to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Each excused or unexcused absence will result in a loss of 10 attendance points and up to the maximum of 5% (50 Points) of your final grade.
4. Class begins promptly at 5:10 p.m. and ends at 6:45 p.m. every session. Failing to attend and participate in class will severely impact your grade.
5. Be prepared to express your viewpoint and defend it – allow others to express their point of view, as well. These important exchanges of ideas, that will be debated, are an important element in the learning process. If students give the appearance of not being prepared, unannounced quizzes may be given.
8. Writing assignments shall be turned in on the days assigned. Assignments must comply with the format requirements as set forth in the syllabus and as provided by the Instructor. Failure to comply with the requirements will result in the assignment being returned to the student and treated as late until the requirements are fulfilled.
9. Access and Monitor your GroupWise email. When you finish reading this you should log onto your university provided GroupWise email. Send me a message that you have finished reading the syllabus. My email address is email@example.com. I can then create a class email list to send you material, notices, assignments, etc. If you don’t know how to do this or have trouble with it, contact the department secretary Karen Flowers at FlowerKa@cwu.edu or 963-3208, Rm. 463 in the Psych building. If you don’t have a computer, there are free computer labs available to you around campus and one in the Psych Bldg. Rm. 441
The course will emphasize the reading assignments through lecture and class discussion. You will be expected to be active participants in class discussions and to have read assignments prior to class. Not all of the written material or cases will be covered in depth through lectures, but you are still responsible for reading the material and being familiar with it, as all of the reading and written materials will potentially be on your tests.
1 Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. This includes, but is not limited to; Non constructive and/or inappropriate comments and/or behavior, arriving late or leaving early and failing to turn off audible pagers and/or cell phones.
1. If you miss class for any reason, you will be responsible for obtaining the information, handouts, and/or materials you miss due to your absence. Extra credit may be available at the discretion of the instructor
Students are to read the assigned chapters in accordance with the schedule below, unless otherwise instructed. The cases for each chapter must also be read in advance, as assigned to a particular group. Please read according to schedule even if the class lags behind, as we will spend less time on some topics (Subject to Change):
Week 1: Chapter 1-2 Syllabus/ First things first: The nature, & limits of Criminal
Law - - The Constitutional Limits on Criminal Law
Week 2: Chapters 3 The general Principles of Criminal Liability: Actus Reus.
Week 3: Chapters 4 The general principles of Criminal Liability: Mens Rea,
concurrence, and causation.
Week 6: Chapter 7 Defenses to Criminal Liability: Justifications
Week 7: Chapter 8 Defenses to Criminal Liability: Excuses
Week 8: Chapter 9 Crimes Against Persons I: Criminal Homicide
Week 9: Chapters 10 Crimes Against Persons II: Criminal Sexual Conduct,
bodily injury, and personal restraint.
Week 10: Chapter 11 Crimes against property
Week 10 Chapters 12-13 Crimes Against Public Order and Morals - - Crimes against
Lectures comprise of material from the book and possible outside material. There will be several exams given throughout the quarter. These exams will be every two chapters and will include material from the assigned chapters in the book, handouts, and from the lectures covered in class.
Students are expected to engage in active, regular, and informed discussions through class participation, which will comprise of 5% (50 Points) of your final course grade. Quizzes cannot be made up regardless of the circumstances involved for absence. Tests can only be made up for excused absences.
No “makeups” will be administered unless there is an official authorized excuse, which can be documented and verified entailing such crisis as medical/ill/accident. If there is no such justifiable crisis, the following shall apply: for each day late, an assignment will lose half of a full letter grade.
Tests 75% Case Briefs 15% Discussion 5% and Attendance 5%
NOTE: NO MAKE-UP OR LATE EXAMS!!!! EXCEPTIONS WILL ONLY BE MADE FOR EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES, WHICH WILL BE, DETERMINED AT THE DISCRETION OF THE INSTRUCTOR.
Policy on Academic Dishonesty:
Students choosing law related careers are expected to meet rigorous standards of honesty. Students are on their honor to avoid “proscribed conduct” as defined by the Student Judicial Code (see appendix B. CWU Catalog). Violations of this section will result in a failing grade in the course in addition to possible university sanctions.
University-level education is about broadening horizons and looking at academic issues from a variety of perspectives. With this in mind, the participants in this class are encouraged to bring their own life experiences and viewpoints to bear on classroom discussions and assignments. Along with the freedom to express one's own view comes the responsibility of being sensitive to race, ethnicity, age, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, martial-status, or political ideology.
It is the policy of CWU to maintain a work and academic community free from sexual harassment. Sexual harassment violates state and federal law and will not be tolerated. Refer to Appendix A, Section IV, CWU catalog for definitions and procedures.
Students who have special needs or disabilities that may effect their ability to access information or material presented in this course are encouraged to contact me or the ADA Compliance Officer and Director on the Ellensburg campus at 509-963-2171 for additional disability related educational accommodations.
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