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CJA/305

Criminal Law

Online

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$1194

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23 Nov 2021

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Criminal Law

Course level: Undergraduate

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.

Prerequisites

What you'll learn

Course skills and outcomes

Week 1

  • Identify the sources, purposes, and jurisdiction of criminal law.
  • Describe the adversarial system and the concept of criminal liability.
  • Define accomplice liability and inchoate offenses.
  • Describe the elements of crime: actus reus, mens rea, and concurrence.

Week 2

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

Week 3

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

Week 4

  • Identify crimes against public order.
  • Identify crimes related to drugs and alcohol.
  • Explain asset forfeiture as it relates to federal and state anti-drug legislation

Week 5

  • Analyze the resources related to victim advocacy and witness support.
  • Evaluate the goals of sentencing and alternative sanctions.
  • Define plea bargaining and intermediate sanctions.
  • Describe the Eighth Amendment and its relationship to capital punishment.

Prerequisite details

Prerequisites details

A prerequisite is required for this course. The purpose of a prerequisite is to ensure students have the knowledge and/or skills needed to be successful in the course. Students are required to provide proof of prerequisite during the enrollment/registration process.

To meet a course prerequisite requirement, a student must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Successfully completed the prerequisites course at University of Phoenix

  • Provide proof via transcript of completing a comparable course (at least 75% match) or higher level course with at least a grade of C at another institution.

  • Have a University of Phoenix approved Student Appeal on file with the University.

Prepare your documents

During the checkout process you will be prompted to provide proof of the requirement(s). If you completed the prerequisite at another institution, be prepared to upload an official/unofficial transcript.

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We’ve been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org) or its predecessor for more than 40 years.

Real-world instructors

Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

Affordable and potentially reimbursable

Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

 

Next steps

Start a conversation about your future with an enrollment representative today.

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