Criminal Law

Course Number: CRIMLJUS 6030
Course Name: Criminal Law (Online)
Course Description:    A study of the principles, doctrines, and selected rules of criminal law; the sources of substantive criminal law and historical development of common law principles of criminal responsibility; constitutional constraints on the decision to define behavior as criminal.
Prerequisites:    None
Level: Graduate
Credits: 3
Format: Online
Program: Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Registration Instructions

NOTE: The information below is representative of the course and is subject to change.  The specific details of the course will be available in the Desire2Learn course instance for the course in which a student registers.

Additional Information

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to

  • Describe and apply the concepts identified, including but not limited to void for vagueness, rule of law, void for over-breadth, fundamental right, reasonable person, and equal protection of the law.
  • Describe and apply the concepts identified, including but not limited to appellate, citation, case reasoning, case issue, dissenting opinion, stare decisis, and precedent.
  • Describe and apply the concepts identified, including but not limited to intent, mens rea, concurrence, causation, ignorance, mistake, elements of crime, legal duty, crimes of conduct, crimes of harmful result, and constructive possession.
  • Describe and apply the concepts identified, including but not limited to attempt, conspiracy, solicitation, preparation, substantial steps, extraneous factors, and voluntary abandonment.
  • Describe and apply the concepts identified, including but not limited to purpose, knowledge, strict liability, proximate cause, intervening cause, and culpability.
  • Describe and apply the concepts identified, including but not limited to vicarious liability, mere presence rule, complicity, prima facie proof, and tort.
  • Describe and apply the concepts identified, including but not limited to intent, diminished capacity, duress, insanity defense, intoxication, and syndrome defenses
  • Describe and apply the concepts identified, including but not limited to 1st-degree intentional homicide, 2nd-degree intentional homicide, reckless homicide, negligent homicide, heat of passion, murder, and manslaughter.
  • Describe and apply the concepts identified, including but not limited to consent, statutory rape, non-consensual sexual activity, assault, battery, personal restraint, and false imprisonment.
  • Describe and apply the concepts identified, including but not limited to robbery, burglary, assault, battery, rape, and mental illness.
  • Describe and apply the concepts identified, including but not limited to vagrancy, prostitution, poor, quality of life crime, and disorderly conduct.
  • Describe and apply the concepts identified, including but not limited to The Patriot Act, terrorists, “homegrown” terrorists, treason, sedition, sabotage, and espionage.

Unit Descriptions

  • Unit 1: Defining Substantive Criminal Law and Understanding Its Constitutional Contours
  • Unit 2: Parties to Crime and Inchoate Crimes – Attempt, Conspiracy, and Solicitation
  • Unit 3: Property, Public Order, and the Poor

Grading Criteria for Activities

Assignment Possible Points
Repeatable Quizzes (10 @ 10 pts. each) 100 points
Briefs and Critiques (4 @ 100 pts. each) 400 points
Group Exercises (2 @ 50 pts. each) 100 points
Research Paper 100 points
Final Examination* 100 points
Total: 700 points (800 with Final Exam)

*The final exam will only be part of this course if your instructor feels it is needed. If included, total course points will equal 800 and grading scale will be adjusted accordingly.

Grading Scale

A Distinguished 90% - 100% 620 - 700 points
B Proficient 80% - 89% 540 - 619 points
C Limited 70% - 79% 460 - 539 points
D Unsatisfactory, but Passing 60% - 69% 380 - 459 points

 

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