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Spring 2019

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CRJ110 - Criminal Law

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Introduces students to the criminal law and the New York Penal Code. Examines the historical development of laws in the United States. Discusses the parties of crime, the elements of crime, inchoate crimes and the various categories of crime, including crimes against persons, property offenses and crimes that harm society. Analyzes the criminal defenses used in the Criminal Justice system. Prerequisite: CRJ 101 or PLG114.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Trace the development of law in the United States and explain the organization of law in modern times.
2. Examine the United States' Constitution and analyze the limits it places on criminal law.
3. Identify and describe the elements that a prosecutor must prove in order to establish that a defendant is guilty of a crime and be able to read a criminal law and identify the various elements within that crime.
4. Distinguish between the various categories of crime, identify specific crimes that fall within each category and choose the appropriate specific crime(s) that a prosecutor may charge in different situations.*
5. Identify the major criminal defenses available in the criminal justice system and develop the best defense for specific crimes.
6. Identify crime trends throughout the world and describe problems that each of these crime trends create when enforcing criminal law.
7. Use computer based technology in the study of criminal justice, including using search engines, to locate specific criminal justice web sites and academic sources through library resources. *
8. Demonstrate communication skills that are appropriate to the legal aspects of the criminal justice field by communicating information orally and in an effective manner and presenting written information employing proper grammar, spelling and structure.


* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.


Content Outline:
Week 1: Historical Background of Criminal Law

Week 2: The Constitution and the Law

Week 3: The Criminal Justice System and its Participants

Week 4: Criminal Law and the 1st Amendment

Week 5: Elements of Crime

Week 6: Criminal Defenses

Week 7: Inchoate Crimes and Parties to Crimes

Week 8: Crimes Against Persons: Assaultive Offenses

Week 9: Crimes Against Persons: Sex Offenses

Week 10: Crimes Against Persons: Homicides

Week 11: Crimes Against Property

Week 12: Crimes Against Morality

Week 13: Alcohol and Drug Crimes

Week 14: Crimes against Public Order and White Collar Crimes

Week 15: Crimes Against National Security

Effective Term: Spring 2016