Criminal Law – JURI 540

CG • Section • 12/17/2019 to 05/25/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

An introduction to the general principles, sources, and purpose of criminal law, including the following doctrinal issues that apply to crimes in general: the act requirement, the mens rea requirement, causation, liability for attempted crimes, accomplice liability, defenses, and criminal code interpretation.




God has commissioned civil government to impose punishment upon those who do wrong [See Romans 13:1–4]. Criminal law refers to the rules and principles by which government determines whom to punish. No legal education is complete without a thorough grounding in criminal law concepts and principles.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Develop and enhance the discipline and skills necessary to carefully read, analyze, synthesize, and communicate with regard to criminal law.
  2. Develop a thorough understanding of constitutional, common law, and statutory principles of criminal law and the premises and policies on which they are based.
  3. Develop the ability to accurately apply principles of criminal law.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

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 (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 1,500 words, include at least 3 scholarly sources in current Bluebook format, and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 500 words and include at least 1 scholarly source in current Bluebook format.

Legal Research Memoranda (2)

Each memorandum will be composed of at least 2,500 words written in current Bluebook format. The paper must include at least 4 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Quizzes (4)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week as well as the previous module/week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice questions, and have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit.