Course Abstract Details

CRIM-110, Criminal Law

Credits: 3

Course Description

CRIM-110, Criminal Law, examines pertinent aspects of substantive criminal law in America, including statutory and common law. Basic elements of law and specific issues of interest to law enforcement, including constitutional law are presented and discussed. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of READ-099. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. Also offered as LGST-110; credit will not be given for both.

Course Objectives and Grading Information

Course Objectives:  Upon successful completion of Criminal Law, students will be able to: 

1. Demonstrate understanding of the scope, sources and purpose of criminal law. PG1, GE1 

2. Identify the basic elements of a crime. PG1, PG3, GE1 

3. Articulate the acceptable limitations on criminal responsibility and the capacity to commit a crime. PG1, PG3, GE1 

4. Describe certain criminal defenses allowed in either State or Federal jurisdictions. PG1, PG3, GE1 

5. Discuss the conflict between the need for public order and constitutional rights. PG1, PG3, GE1, GE3 

6. Trace the development of criminal conduct in American society. PG1, PG3, GE1 

7. Demonstrate understanding of criminal homicide from manslaughter and justified killings. PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4, GE1, GE2 

8. Debate the issues surrounding victimless crimes, including personal choice decisions, public health concerns or medical problems. PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4, GE1, GE2, GE7

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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