Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number:
Examines the basic elements and concepts of substantive criminal law, which defines such crimes as murder, rape, assault, larceny, burglary, and robbery. Analysis of inchoate crimes involving attempt, solicitation and conspiracy. Analysis of general principles of criminal liability, punishment and the legal limitations of such liability based on self-defense, necessity, entrapment, diminished capacity and insanity. Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Most current editions of the following:
Many suitable textbooks are available from various publishers and the following list is not comprehensive. Other textbooks may be judged by individual instructors to be more suitable in meeting course objectives. Many current textbooks have companion websites, and the instructor is encouraged to enhance the course experience for the student by utilizing available technology.
The instructor may also want to consider directing the student to websites containing Criminal Codes and Criminal Cases, such as http://www.findlaw.com or other legal sites maintained by governmental or not-for-profit entities.
Principles of Criminal Law
By Wallace and Roberson (Allyn & Bacon) Recommended
Criminal Law Today, an Introduction with Capstone Cases
By Schmalleger (Prentice Hall) Recommended
By Gardner and Anderson (Wadsworth/Thomson Learning) Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Articulate the history and evolution of substantive criminal law.
Explain common legal terminology and methods used by professionals in the criminal justice system.
Describe the elements of prominent crimes and defenses.
Explain the meaning of statutes and Court decisions involving Criminal Law.
Describe the constitutional and statutory limitations on criminal liability.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
Sources of criminal law
Limitations on criminal liability
Requirements for criminal liability
Defenses to criminal liability
Offenses against habitation
Offenses against morality and decency
Offenses against public order
Offenses against the administration of justice
Drug and alcohol offenses
Physical offenses against the person
Sentencing and punishment
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section.
However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.