CRJU 3100 - Criminal Law


Offers an overview of both substantive and procedural law related to the definitions, investigations, processing, and punishment of crimes. The course will introduce students to the legal idea of criminal responsibility, the concept and elements of criminal responsibility, required state of mind (mens rea), and prohibited conduct (actus reus). The course discusses the substantive content, structure, and sources of major crimes against persons and property and provides a comprehensive evaluation of various legal defenses to criminal liability under both common law (case law) and statutory law (legislative law) approaches.

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a sound general knowledge of criminal law.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to think critically about issues in criminal law, analyzing and interpreting situations, events, practices, and cases.
  3. Demonstrate competence in oral communication, presenting ideas, perspectives, and arguments in an effective manner.
  • Module 1: Foundations
  • Module 2: Defenses to Criminal Liability
  • Module 3: Midterm Exam
  • Module 4: Complicity, Liability, and Inchoate Crimes
  • Module 5: Crimes Against Persons
  • Module 6: Property Crimes
  • Module 7: Public Order, Vice Crimes, and Terrorism
  • Module 8: Final Exam

Credit Hours

Criminal Justice


  • CRJU 1100

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