Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: CRIJ-1310- Section: 71
Fundamentals of Criminal Law
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Instructor Information
Instructor Doneane Beckcom
Phone(409) 984-6548
Location:Student Center - Room: 415
Hours:Tuesday and Wednesday 9:00 - Noon; Thursday 8:00 - Noon; otherwise by appointment
Business and Industrial Technology
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341

If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.
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Course Information
Description This course is the study of criminal law including application of definitions, statutory elements, defenses and penalties using Texas statutes, the Model Penal Code, and case law. The course also analyzes the philosophical and historical development of criminal law and criminal culpability.
Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes Course Learning Outcomes:

1. Describe the History and Philosophy of the American Criminal Justice System.

2. Explain the nature and extent of Crime in America.

3. Analyze the impact and consequences of crime.

4. Evaluate the development, concepts, and functions of law in the criminal justice system.

5. Describe the structure of contemporary federal, state, and local justice agencies and processes.
Core Objectives * Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.
* Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.
* Empirical and Quantitative Skills: Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.
* Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.
* Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.
* Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Criminal Law, 13th Edition
Thomas J. Gardner
Terry M. Anderson
ISBN-10: 1285458419 | ISBN-13: 9781285458410
Lecture Topics
Basic Concepts of Criminal Law
1 Criminal Law:Purposes,Scope,and Sources
2 Jurisdiction
3 Essential Elements of a Crime
4 Criminal Liability
5 Criminal Responsibility and the Capacity to Commit a Crime
6 The Law Governing the Use of Force
7 Other Criminal Defenses
8 Criminal Punishments
9 Free Speech,Public Order Crimes,and the Bill of Rights

Crimes Against the Person
10 Homicide
11 Assault,Battery,and Other Crimes Against the Person
12 Sexual Assault,Rape,Prostitution,and Related Sex Crimes

Crimes Against Property
13 Theft
14 Robbery,Burglary,and Related Crimes
15 White-Collar Crime,Cybercrime,and Commercial Crime

Other Criminal Conduct
16 Drug Abuse and Alcohol-Related Crimes
17 Terrorism
18 Organized Crime and Gangs
19 Immigration Crimes,Contempt,and Other Crimes Against Government
Major Assignments
We will typically cover two chapters per week. Since this class is online, you are able to move through the materials at your own pace; however, it is not suggested that you get more than one chapter ahead. There are approximately 13 weeks of instruction in the semester to allow for review for finals. We are covering 19 chapters in the textbook, so this is about two chapters per week. You will need to keep up with the reading and discussion assignments each week or you WILL get behind!

There will be a written discussion board assignment each week from the topic of each chapter/week. Discussion posts are due every Friday at NOON, no exceptions (unless Blackboard goes down). Your responses will be graded for accuracy, writing proficiency, and content. This is a way for us to do writing assignments for a grade while developing good writing and communication skills. You will receive more instruction for each discussion assignment as each one is posted.

Tests will generally occur every 4 weeks throughout the semester, with a review prior to each exam. You will be given the dates the test will be open and when it will close at least one week prior so that you can plan accordingly.

Tests will cover:

Test 1: chapters 1 - 4
Test 2: chapter 5 - 9
Test 3: chapters 10 - 15
Final: chapters 16 - 19

Final Exam Date December 8, 2020 - 8:00 AM   Through  December 10, 2020 - 12:00 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Tests - 70%

Discussions (blackboard) - 30%

Your lowest graded non-final test will be dropped from your grade calculation, if you miss a test that grade will be dropped.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies The best way to reach me is by email. If you would like to see me in person please schedule an appointment.
Attendance Policy As this is an online class, you MUST log into the course on Blackboard at least once per week to be counted present for the week. Regular prompt attendance is required. Excessive absences will result in reduced grades and/ or failure. You must enter into discussions, answer questions posed, engage in discourse with the instructor and post information that demonstrates a knowledge of the subject matter being examined when discussions are posted. ANSWERS ARE REQUIRED AND WILL BE GRADED. Answers simply agreeing with or acknowledging the statement, unless followed by an extensive explanation, are not acceptable. In addition you must demonstrate that your answers are academically related to the subject matter.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.