SRJC Course Outlines

12/10/2023 8:57:25 AMAJ 22 Course Outline as of Spring 2006

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  AJ 22Title:  CRIMINAL LAW CONCEPTS  
Full Title:  Concepts of Criminal Law
Last Reviewed:9/25/2017

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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Historical development, philosophy of law and constitutional provisions; definitions, classification of crime and their application to the system of Administration of Justice; legal research, study of case law, methodology and concepts of law as a social force.  Law as it affects the correctional component of the justice system will be clearly identified.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Historical development, philosophy of law and Constitutional provisions; definitions and classifications of crime.  Concept of law as a social force.
(Grade Only)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: AJ 120 Concepts of Criminal Law SRJC Equivalent Course(s): AJ22

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:
1. Identify the three primary sources on which the law is
based, including the concept of a Social Contract, English
Common Law, and United States and California Constitutions.
2. Distinguish between the letter of the law and the spirit of the
3. Differentiate between a civil and criminal matter.
4. Distinguish between substantive law and procedural law.
5. Recall the statutory definition of a crime.
6. Classify list the possible punishments under the laws of
7. Explain the concept of corpus delicti.
8. Recognize the basic elements common to all crimes.
9. Recognize and list the basic required elements of an attempt
to commit a crime.
10. Categorize the three classes of crimes as felony,
misdemeanor, and infraction and parties to a crime as they
relate to criminal codes.
11. Analyze the categories of persons considered legally
incapable of committing a crime.
12. Identify the defenses against criminal liability.
13. List the elements of Part I (crimes against persons) and Part
II (crimes against property) crimes.

Topics and Scope
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I. Origins of the law
  A. Concept of the social contract
  B. English Common Law
  C. Development of a constitution
  D. Branches of government
  E. United States and California Constitution
II. Current law
  A. Constitutional law and the Bill of Rights
  B. Tenth Amendment provisions
  C. Statutory law
  D. Ex post facto
  E. Codes
  F. Ordinances
  G. Case law and Stare Decisis
  H. Judicial law
III. Distinctions in the law
  A. Letter of the Law vs. Spirit of the Law
  B. Purpose of Criminal and Civil Law
  C. Interpretation of the law
  D. Criminal law (crimes)
  E. Civil law (non-criminal violations)
  F. Purpose of civil law
  G. Tort by omission
  H. Civil actions by crime victims
  I. Substantive law
  J. Procedural law
  K. Due process
IV. Criminal Law
  A. Definition of a crime
  B. Mala en se vs. mala prohibita
  C. Crimes without victims
  D. Punishment
  E. Persons liable for punishment
  F. Elements of a crime
     1. Basic elements to every crime
     2. Specific crime elements
  G. Attempt to commit a crime
     1. Specific attempted crimes in penal code
     2. Attempted crimes not covered in penal code
  H. Intent
     1. General intent
     2. Specific intent
     3. Transferred intent
  I. Criminal negligence
  J. Penal Code Section 15
  K. Persons liable for punishment
V. Criminal prosecution
  A. Classification of crimes
     1. Felony
     2. Misdemeanor
     3. Wobbler
     4. Infractions
  B. Principals
  C. Aiding and abetting
  D. Accessories
  E. Old accessory law
  F. Accomplices
  G. Feigned accomplice
VI. Persons legally incapable of committing a crime
  A. Children under the age of 14 years
  B. Lack of mental capacity
  C. Ignorance or mistake
  D. Unconscious act
  E. Misfortune or accident
  F. Defense of others
  G. Threat or menace
  H. Double jeopardy
VII. Defenses against criminal liability
  A. Insanity
  B. Statute of limitations
  C. Immunity against self-incrimination
  D. Diplomatic immunity
  E. Entrapment
  F. Justifiable use of force (self-defense)
  G. Temporary insanity
VIII. Sentencing
  A. Determinate
  B. Indeterminate
  C. Enhancements
  D. Three Strikes
  E. Special circumstances
IX Amendments
  A. First
  B. Second
  C. Fourth
  D. Fifth
  E. Sixth
  F. Eighth
  G. Tenth
  H. Fourteenth
X. Common Crimes
  A. Murder
  B. Involuntary Manslaughter
  C. Voluntary Manslaughter
  D. Vehicular Manslaughter
  E. Robbery
  F. Theft
  G. Grand Theft
  H. Aggravated Assault
  I. Assault with a deadly weapon
  J. Rape
  K. Mayhem
  L. Aggravated mayhem
  M. Spousal injury
  N. Carjacking
  O. Kidnapping
  P. Assault
  Q. Battery
XI. Crimes against/within penal institutions
  A. Control of contraband
  B. Assaults against staff
  C. Escapes/attempts
XII. Crimes by staff
  A. Assaults on inmates
  B. Introduction of contraband
  C. Undue familiarity/over familiarity
  D. Official acts

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1.  Read 20-30 pages weekly from textbook
2.  Complete 6 quizzes, and 2 written examinations which
may include essay and problem solving.
3.  Research paper

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
20 - 35%
Term project.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
50 - 70%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion, Essay exam and problem-solving.
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 15%
Class participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Chamlin, Robert and Richard Evans, CRIMINAL LAW FOR PEACE OFFICERS,
  Prentice Hall, current edition.
Hunt, Donald D. and Devalis Rutledge, CALIFORNIA CRIMINAL LAW CONCEPTS,
  Burgess International Group, Edina, Minnesota, current edition.
Law Tech, California Criminal Law and Evidence, current edition.

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