SRJC Course Outlines

11/13/2019 4:36:54 AMAJ 22 Course Outline as of Fall 2011

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CATALOG INFORMATION

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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Formerly: 

Catalog Description:
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This course is a study of the  historical development, philosophy of law and constitutional provisions in the administration of justice system.  The course will include defining and classifying crime, legal research, study of case law, and the methodology and concepts of law as a social force.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course is a study of the  historical development, philosophy of law and constitutional provisions in the administration of justice system.  The course will include defining and classifying crime, legal research, study of case law, and the methodology and concepts of law as a social force.  
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:
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

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

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

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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The student will:
1.  Identify the three primary sources on which the law is based, including the concept of social contract, English common law, the United States Constitution, and the California Constitution.
2.  Distinguish between the letter of the law and the spirit of the law
3.  Differentiate between civil law and criminal law.
4.  Differentiate between substantive law and procedural law.
5.  Recall the statutory definition a crime.
6.  Classify the punishments under California law.
7.  Define and differentiate corpus delicti, mala en se, and mala prohibita.
8.  Recall the basic elements of Part I (crimes against persons and property) and Part II crimes within the UCR.
9.  Identify inchoate crimes.
10.  Classify crimes into felony, misdemeanor, and infraction.
11.  Identify parties to a crime per California law.
12.  Identify and list the categories of persons considered legally incapable of committing crime.
13.  Identify common defenses.

Topics and Scope
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I.  Sources of law
      A.  Social Contract
      B.  Common law
      C.  Case law
      D.  Constitutional law
      E.  Due process protections
      F.  Classifications of crimes
 
II.  General principles of law
      A.  Definition of criminal and civil law
      B.  Letter of the law vs spirit
      C.  Substantive law
      D.  Procedural law
      E.  Statutory law
      F.  Punishment and sentencing
 
III.  Criminal law
      A.  Definition of a crime
            1.  mala en se
            2.  mala prohibita
            3.  actus reus
            4.  mens rea
            5.  corpus delicti
      B.  Parties to a crime
            1.  principals
            2.  accomplices
            3.  accessories
      C.  Inchoate crimes
            1.  attempt
            2.  conspiracy
            3.  solicitation
 
IV.  Defenses
      A.  Persons legally incapable of committing a crime
      B.  Common defenses
            1.  insanity
            2.  entrapment
            3.  duress
      C.  Procedural
            1.  statute of limitations
            2.  immunities
            3.  double jeopardy
      D.  Justifications
            1.  self-defense
            2.  defense of others
            3.  defense of habitation
V.  Crimes against persons (Part I UCR)
      A.  Bodily injury
          1.  assaults
                   2.  batteries
      B.  Robbery
      C.  Restraint crimes
      D.  Criminal sexual conduct
      E.  Criminal homicide
VI.  Crimes against property (Part I UCR)
      A.  Theft
      B.  Burglary
      C.  Arson
 
VII.  Crimes against public order and morals (Part II UCR)
      A.  Disorderly conduct
      B.  Quality of life crimes
      C. Prostitution

Assignments:
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1.  Read 20-30 pages weekly
2.  Written reponses to reading or class activities.
3.  Research project and written essays (1-5) on legal concepts of California Law.
4.  Objective examinations (1-10), which may include essay responses.

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
35 - 65%
Research paper, essays (1-5), written reading or class activity responses
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
None
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
35 - 65%
Objective exams, which may include essay questions or a final research paper
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%
None


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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1.  Principles of Criminal Law (5th). Wallace, Harvey and Cliff Roberson. Pearson Inc: 2012
2.  Criminal Law (9th). Samaha, Joel. Thomason/Wadsworth:2008
3.  Instructor prepared materials

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