CJUS400: Criminal Law

11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/01/2024

Course Description

This course is designed to provide an overview of the legal elements that apply to criminal law, procedure, and evidence, including proof, intent, conspiracy, classifications of crimes and related punishments, culpable mental states, defenses, rules of evidence (including the exclusionary rule), and rights and procedures in the gathering of evidence.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The purpose of this course is to obtain familiarity with the criminal elements of crimes against persons, property, and order; be able to analyze and apply principles and procedures derived from the criminal law; and to arrive at an increased understanding of key terms, clauses, cases, and chronologies in criminal law.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, Video Case Studies (in the text) and Visual Summaries (in the text)

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will complete 4 Discussions that specifically relate to each module content. Each Discussion will be completed in 2 parts. The student will submit a 300-500 word thread after researching the topic provided. The student must cite at least 1 scholarly source (in addition to the textbook) in current APA format, and quote 1 Scripture in support of your thread. The student will then post replies of 150-250 words each to 2 classmates’ threads citing at least 1 scholarly source to support his/her assertions, in each reply.

NOTE: Scholarly sources are journal articles or law review articles. While you may use the textbook, books, the Bible, cases, and statutes; they will not count toward the minimum number of sources.

Quizzes (4)

The student will complete 4 open-book/open-note quizzes that cover the textbook readings. Each quiz is comprised of 40 multiple-choice questions (80%) and 2 essay questions (20%) and has a time limit of 2 hours.

You Decide Assignments (10)

The student will complete 1-2 “You Decide” assignments, in Module 1: Week 1 – Module 7: Week 7, from chapters assigned for the week. A scenario will be presented, along with background information, and the student will make choices based on the provided information. The student may repeat the assignment up to three times, and the highest score will be counted toward grading.

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