Fall 2023 Course Syllabus
Course: CRIJ-1310 (Section: 71, CRN: 91934)
Fundamentals of Criminal Law
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Instructor Information
Instructor Gregory Clark
Email clarkgw@lamarpa.edu
Phone (409) 984-6330
Office Educational I - Room: 133
Office Hours This course is in an online format. I can be reached via email Monday- Friday. Emails sent on the weekend will be responded to on Monday. 
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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.
Required 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, Cengage Learning, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-305-96636-9
Additional Materials/Resources None
Corequisites/Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes Identify the elements of crimes and defenses under Texas statutes, Model Penal Code, and case law.
Classify offenses and articulate penalties for various crimes.
Compare culpable mental states when assigning criminal responsibility.
Assess the impact of history and philosophy on current criminal laws.
Evaluate the application of criminal law to other areas of criminal justice such as law enforcement and corrections
Core Objectives Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and/or 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.

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.
Lecture Topics Outline Chapter 1. Criminal Law: Purposes, Scope, and Sources
Chapter 2. Jurisdiction
Chapter 3. Essential Elements of a Crime
Chapter 4. Criminal Liability
Chapter 5. Criminal Responsibility and the Capacity to Commit a Crime
Chapter 6. The Law Governing the Use of Force
Chapter 7. Other Criminal Defenses
Chapter 8. Criminal Punishments
Chapter 9. Free Speech, Public Order Crimes, and the Bill of Rights
Chapter 10. Homicide
Chapter 11. Assault, Battery, and other Crimes Against the Person
Chapter 12. Sexual Assault, Rape, Prostitution, and Related Sex Crimes
Chapter 13. Theft
Chapter 14. Robbery, Burglary, and Related Crimes
Chapter 15. White-Collar Crime, Cybercrime, and Commercial Crime
Chapter 16. Drug Abuse and Alcohol-Related Crimes
Chapter 17. Terrorism
Chapter 18. Organized Crime and Gangs
Chapter 19. Immigration Crimes, Contempt, and Other Crimes Against Government
Major Assignments Schedule Week 1: 8/28- 9/02      Pre-Test, Welcome Discussion Post
Week 2: 9/04-9/09       Chapters 1-9 Quizzes, Discussion Board
Week 3: 9/11-9/16       Chapters 1-9 Quizzes, Discussion Board
Week 4: 9/18-9/23       Chapters 1-9 Quizzes, Discussion Post Due
Week 5: 9/25-9/30       Chapters 1-9 Quizzes Due, Exam #1
Week 6:10/2-10/7        Chapters 10-12 Quizzes, Discussion Board, Course Project Open
Week 7:10/9-10/14      Chapters 10-12 Quizzes, Discussion Post Due
Week 8:10/16-10/21    Chapters 10-12 Quizzes Due, Exam #2
Week 9:10/23-10/28    Chapters 13-15 Quizzes, Discussion Board
Week 10:10/30-11/4    Chapters 13-15 Quizzes, Discussion Post Due
Week 11:11/6-11/11     Chapters 13-15 Quizzes, Exam #3, Course Project Due
Week 12:11/13-11/18  Chapters 16-19 Quizzes, Discussion Board
Week 13:11/20-11/25 THANKSGIVING BREAK
Week 14:11/27-12/2   Chapters 16-19 Quizzes, Discussion Post Due
Week 15: 12/04-12/9  Chapters Quizzes due, Exam #4
Final Exam Date December 4, 2023 - 8:00 AM   Through  December 9, 2023 - 8:00 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B  70 - 79=C   60 - 69=D  Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Exams- 50%
Quizzes- 20%
Discussion Board- 15%
Course Project- 15%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies There will be no extra credit given.

Late assignments will not be excepted.
Attendance Policy Students should log into the course 3-4 times per week. 
Additional Information N/A
Institutional Policies
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus email and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal. You can also access your grades, transcripts, academic advisors, degree progress, and other services through MyLSCPA.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSCPA policies (Academic Dishonesty section in the Student Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
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.
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition directly to their local health department. Students should also contact their course faculty to report their quarantine status. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings when directly exposed to COVID 19 in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Facility Policies No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSCPA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect As per Texas law and LSCPA policy, all LSCPA employees, including faculty, are required to report allegations or disclosures of child abuse or neglect to the designated authorities, which may include a local or state law enforcement agency or the Texas Department of Family Protective Services. For more information about mandatory reporting requirements, see LSCPA's Policy and Procedure Manual.
Title IX and Sexual Misconduct LSCPA is committed to establishing and maintaining an environment that is free from all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and other forms of sexual misconduct. All LSCPA employees, including faculty, have the responsibility to report disclosures of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault (including rape and acquaintance rape), domestic violence, dating violence, relationship violence, or stalking, to LSCPA's Title IX Coordinator, whose role is to coordinate the college's response to sexual misconduct. For more information about Title IX protections, faculty reporting responsibilities, options for confidential reporting, and the resources available for support visit LSCPA's Title IX website.
Clery Act Crime Reporting For more information about the Clery Act and crime reporting, see the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report and the Campus Security website.

Grievance / Complaint / Concern 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.
Department Information
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Steven Zani
Phone:(409) 984-6431