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CJA105 Basic Criminal Law

Lead Faculty: Dr. James E. Guffey Ph.D

Course Description

Case study based examination of the philosophy, history, and structure of criminal law in the United States. Special emphasis is placed on the classification and elements of crime, the definitions of common and statutory law, and the nature of acceptable evidence. Classification of crimes against persons, property, morals, and public welfare. U.S. Constitution, prosecution and defense decision-making, criminal culpability, and defenses to crimes.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define the evolution of criminal law and the adversary system, and sources of law.
  • Explain the principles of criminal liability, the types of criminal punishments, how crimes are classified, and the historical sources of criminal law.
  • Identify and explain the importance of the first 10 Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution.
  • List the elements of any crime as identified by the instructor.
  • Define terms such as inchoate offenses, proximate cause, standard defenses to crimes.