CRIJ110 Introduction to Criminal Law

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Criminal Justice

I. Course Number and Title
CRIJ110 Introduction to Criminal Law
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
CRIJ100 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course introduces students to the study of substantive criminal law. The major topics of study include the purposes of criminal law, the elements of crimes, defenses to crimes, criminal sanctions, and the principles of constitutional limits on criminal law.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. demonstrate an understanding of the nature, origin, purposes, and sanctions of substantive criminal law;
    2. demonstrate an understanding of the general principles of criminal law, elements of crimes, criminal defenses, parties to crime, types of crimes, and constitutional limits on criminal law; and
    3. examine legal case studies within the court system by utilizing legal rules to solve legal problems.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. the nature and limits of criminal law
    2. general principles of criminal liability-actusreus
    3. general principles of criminal liability-mensrea
    4. defenses to criminal liability-justifications
    5. defenses to criminal liability-excuses
    6. parties to crime and vicarious liability
    7. inchoate crimes
    8. criminal homicide
    9. criminal sexual conduct
    10. crimes against property
    11. crimes against public order and morals
    12. constitutional limits on criminal law
    13. examination of criminal sanctions
    14. examination of legal case studies within the court system and other topics as deemed appropriate
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    The assessment of course learning goals is based on participation in classroom discussions, written exams, assignments, papers, and/or performance based tasks and projects.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date -11/98; Revised 4/2011; New Core 8/2015