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LSTD302 - Criminal Law

Course Details

Course Code: LSTD302 Course ID: 2555 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course familiarizes the student with the basic law, procedures and rules that govern the criminal justice system in America. It is designed to produce students who can understand, appreciate and discuss the benefits and problems with the criminal justice system in America today. The students will become conversant with the Bill of Rights, basic criminal law terminology and procedures. The course emphasizes the principles of criminal liability and the acts, mental state, and attendant circumstances that are necessary ingredients in crimes against persons or property or in offenses involving theft, fraud, drugs, morality and decency, public peace, or public justice.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate and explain the following learning objectives:

CO-1: Examine the purpose and scope of criminal law in America and its sources.

CO-2: Evaluate the impact of constitutional protections, including the Bill of Rights, on the United States criminal legal system.

CO-3: Explain the definition of a crime and the classifications of crimes.

CO-4: Compare and contrast Civil and Criminal Law.

CO-5: Specify the roles of the federal and state governments and court systems in the United States criminal system.

CO-6: Analyze the concepts of mens rea, actus reus and corpus delicti as applied to the elements of a crime.

CO-7: Critique the decisions of the United States Supreme Court in landmark criminal law cases.

CO-8: Explain the various criminal defenses in the United States criminal legal system.

CO-9: Analyze inchoate offenses and how one becomes a party to a crime.

CO-10: Discuss the nature, purpose and elements of crimes against property, persons, the public and the government.

Reading Assignments:

The Course Outline of this syllabus details the required reading assignments for the various weeks of the course. Each week includes a required reading assignment found in the ebook for this course.

Discussion Forums:

In addition to the required reading assignments, the student is also required to participate in the discussion forums. Please see the Forum section of the classroom for further details on the specific discussion forums and topics.

Your initial post should be made by Wednesday. You should then respond to 3 or more posts. This can be accomplished by

· Validating with additional evidence from the literature.

· Posing a thoughtful question with commentary which generates further discussion.

· Providing an alternative point-of-view, with evidence and examples.

· Offering additional insight into how the concept might be understood, with evidence provided with real world examples.

You should be active in the classroom throughout the week and actively engaged in the back-and-forth discussion between your colleagues and the professor. The forum grading rubric can be reviewed by clicking on the blue and white box beside the forum entry in the gradebook.

Assignment:

There is one written assignment for this class. The assignment instructions can be found under the Assignments section of the classroom.

NameGrade %
Discussion Forums 84.00 %
Forum #1 10.50 %
Forum #2 10.50 %
Forum #3 10.50 %
Forum #4 10.50 %
Forum #5 10.50 %
Forum #6 10.50 %
Forum #7 10.50 %
Forum #8 10.50 %
Introduction 1.00 %
Introduce Yourself 1.00 %
Assignments 15.00 %
Week 8 Assignment 15.00 %
Book Title: Criminal Law, v. 1.0- E-book links provided inside the classroom; no longer available to purchase in hard copy format
Author: Lisa Storm
Publication Info: FlatWorld Knowledge
ISBN: FLATWORLD-CRLAW
Book Title: Bluebook: Uniform System of Citation, 20th ed. - available online through the APUS Online Library: http://ezproxy.apus.edu/login?url=https://www.legalbluebook.com
Author: Harvard, Columbia Law Review
Publication Info: Harvard, Columbia Law Review
ISBN: 9780692400197

Book Title:Criminal Law, v. 1.0- E-book links provided inside the classroom; no longer available to purchase in hard copy format
ISBN:FLATWORLD-CRLAW
Publication Info:FlatWorld Knowledge
Author:Lisa Storm
Book Title:Bluebook: Uniform System of Citation, 20th ed. - available online through the APUS Online Library: http://ezproxy.apus.edu/login?url=https://www.legalbluebook.com
ISBN:9780692400197
Publication Info:Harvard, Columbia Law Review
Author:Harvard, Columbia Law Review
Unit Cost:$41.30

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.