cja305 | undergraduate

Criminal Law

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This is an introductory course in the study of criminal law, general legal principles, and how the criminal law functions in and affects modern society. This course highlights a variety of key topics, including the concept of crime and the development of criminal law, defenses to criminal charges, and a number of specific types of crimes, including personal crimes, property crimes, public order crimes, and offenses against public morality. Legal issues affecting punishment will also be discussed, as will ways the criminal law impacts victims of crime.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5

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    Public Order Crimes

    • Analyze federal and state and asset forfeiture. anti-drug legislation.
    • Define crimes against public order, safety and national security.
    • Identify crimes related to drugs and alcohol.
    • Evaluate the criminalization of prostitution, obscenity and lewdness.

    Crime Victims and Crime Punishment

    • Analyze the resources related to victim advocacy and witness support.
    • Explain the evolution of victims’ assistance and protection programs.
    • Evaluate the goals of sentencing and alternative sanctions.
    • Define plea bargaining and intermediate sanctions.
    • Describe the Eighth Amendment and its relationship to capital punishment.
    • Analyze forms of sentencing and their rationale.

    Criminal Law, the Concept of Crime, and Criminal Liability

    • Define inchoate offenses.
    • Define accomplice liability.
    • Identify the sources, purposes and jurisdiction of criminal law.
    • Describe the adversarial system and the concept of criminal liability.
    • Describe the elements of crime: actus reus, mens rea, and concurrence.
    • Explain how to read citations and brief a case.

    Personal, Property, and Computer Crimes

    • Define different types of homicide.
    • Describe computer and high-technology crimes.
    • Define the meaning of corpus delicti.
    • Distinguish between assault, battery, and mayhem.
    • Identify sexual assault and the elements of sex crimes.
    • Define kidnapping and false imprisonment.
    • Differentiate between robbery, burglary, and theft.

    Criminal Responsibility and Defenses

    • Explain the nature of and types of defenses to criminal charges.
    • Assess the legal aspects of competency to stand trial.
    • Investigate the determination of insanity in the criminal law.
    • Compare justification and excuse.
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