Criminal Law – CJUS 400

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

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.


(CJUS 200 and CJUS 230) or (GOVT 200 and GOVT 346)



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.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze the basic components of the American criminal legal system.
  2. Apply the basic theories of criminal law and criminal procedure to specific fact patterns.
  3. Categorize the essential elements for crimes against persons, property, and the state.
  4. Integrate biblical truths regarding criminal law and procedure with real-world application of criminal law theory and procedure.

Course Assignment

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

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (6)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will complete 6 Discussion Board Forums that specifically relate to each module/week’s content. Each Discussion Board Forum will be completed in 2 parts. The student will submit a 250–300-word thread after researching the topic provided. The student must cite at least 2 scholarly sources (in addition to the textbook) in current APA format. The student will then post replies of at least 150 words each to 2 classmates’ threads citing at least 1 scholarly source to support his/her assertions.

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

Christian Worldview Essay

Based on a course presentation, the student will write a 1–2-page essay on Christian Worldview. The essay must follow current APA formatting and include 2 sources.

Tests (4)

The student will complete 4 open-book/open-note tests that cover the textbook readings. Each test is comprised of 50 multiple-choice questions and has a time limit of 1 hour and 30 minutes.

You Decide (16)

The student will complete 1 “You Decide” assignments in each chapter of the textbook. 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.