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Criminal Justice 107: Criminal Law
December 2012 - December 2022.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: analyze the nature and purpose of criminal law, and the sources of criminal law; explain the differences between substantive and procedural law; assess the elements of criminal liability, and how those elements manifest themselves in specific crimes; apply legal principles to factual situations; differentiate and understand the historical background of criminal law, common law, codified statutes, the model penal code, and federal and state statutes; evaluate factual patterns, determine whether conduct will result in criminal sanctions and reach conclusions determining what criminal charges, if any, will be levied; analyze the elements of each criminal offense, differentiate between the levels of crime, and assess elements of each offense; identify conduct that will make an individual criminally culpable for his/her actions.
The course is self-paced, and instruction is delivered through online video and text lessons. Students are assessed through quizzes and a proctored final exam. Topics include: criminal law: purposes, scope and sources, understanding the types of jurisdiction, essential elements of a crime, criminal liability types justification and excuse defenses, substantive and procedural law; punishment and sentencing in criminal law; legal overview of homicide, sexual offenses and offenders overview, robbery, theft, burglary and property crimes, assault and battery overview, false imprisonment and kidnapping, white, blue and green-collar crime.
In the lower division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Administration, Police Administration, Financial Crimes Investigation, Pre-Law, or Cybersecurity Investigation (12/17).