AJ002 Online
Criminal Law Course Syllabus

 



Instructor

: Jim Smith

Telephone

: 408 741-2553

Email

: jim_smith@westvalley.edu

Website

http://instruct.westvalley.edu/smith

Required Text

: California Criminal Law Concepts by Hunt - Rutledge (2012 Edition). 

 


COURSE DESCRIPTION:

 

 

 

Historical development, philosophy of law and constitutional provisions; definitions, classifications of crime, and their applications to the system of administration of justice; legal research, study of case law, methodology, and concepts of law as a social force. Explores crimes against persons, property, and the state as a social, religious, and historical ideology.


GENERAL PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES:

 

 

The student completing this course of instruction will be able to:

   
 

Analyze and understand the classification of crime and penalties

 

Ability to describe civil and criminal legal responsibilities of a law enforcement officer.

 

Define and understand the corpus delicti of crimes and the types of criminal intent.

 

Examine and understand capacity to commit crime and legal insanity.

 

Define parties to crime, principal, accessory, accomplish and feigned accomplice.

 

Examine and understand attempt, solicitation, obstruction justice and conspiracy crimes.

 

Define laws of arrest and arrestable offenses involving infraction, misdemeanor and felony crimes.

  Demonstrate proper procedures for making an arrest and what to do after an arrest.
  Define and understand offenses against the public peace.
  Analyze and understand the various types of assault crimes.
  Identify and understand the Constitutional Amendments directly related to law enforcement work.
   


EVALUATION METHODOLOGY:

 

 

 

1.  Written Examinations

Point Value

 

 

 

 

     A.  Syllabus Quiz

20

 

 

 

 

     B.  Autobiography Posting (including two replies to other postings)

25

 

 

 

 

     C.  Fourteen Chapter Quizzes  (Handouts/PowerPoint/Text)

 

 

            Chapter 1      Scope and Source of Criminal Law

20

 

            Chapter 2      Classifications of Crimes and Penalties

20

 

            Chapter 3      The Elements of Crime and Corpus Delicti

20

 

            Chapter 5      Parties to Crime

20

 

            Chapter 7      Laws of Arrest

20

 

            Chapter 8      Offenses Against the Public Peace

20

 

            Chapter 9      Dangerous Weapons Control Laws

20

 

            Chapter 10    Types of Assault

20

 

            Chapter 11    Homicides

20

 

            Chapter 12    Kidnapping - Rape - Unlawful Sexual Intercourse

20

              Chapter 13    Public Safety and Morals 20

 

            Chapter 14    Burglary

20

 

            Chapter 15    Robbery and Extortion

20

 

            Chapter 16    Theft and Embezzlement

20

     

 

     D.  Final Examination  (Comprehensive)

100

 

 

 

 

2.  Homework 

 

 

     A.  14 Chapter Written Assignments @ 25 Points Each

350

 

 

 

 

Total Points Possible 

775

 

 

 

 

3.  Grading Evaluation  (Final Grade)

 

 

698 - 775 = A

621 - 697 = B

544 - 620 = C

 

 

467 - 543 = D

000 - 466 = F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Items of Interest

 

 

 

         

 

  • Absolutely no homework or assignments will be accepted during the week of the final exam (summer, winter or condensed classes excepted).  This may not be the same week as the classroom schedule, it is the week when the final is posted for this online class.

  • The college policy on plagiarism and classroom dishonesty is strictly enforced in this class.  If you submit work that is not your own, you will be dropped from the class.