CRIM-203: Criminal Law

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: CRIM-203 Criminal Law

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): CRIM-101 and CRIM-106

Course Description in college catalog:

A comprehensive analysis of criminal law and its administration, with emphasis on legislation and judicial interpretations of the criminal code. 

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science)

Dual/Joint AS/BA Degree Program in Criminal Justice

Students will meet requirements for successful transfer into the junior year of baccalaureate programs (transfer programs).

1. Students will meet the requirements for transfer to their junior year of study in criminal justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

2. Students will demonstrate competency in the core areas of the criminal justice major.

3. Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills in regard to issues in the field of criminal justice.

4. Students will use historical and social sciences perspectives to analyze and make judgments about issues in the field of criminal justice.

5. Students will differentiate and make informed decisions about issues in the field of criminal justice.

6. Students will communicate effectively about issues in the field of criminal justice as demonstrated by their reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

7. Students will integrate knowledge and skills in regard to issues in the field of criminal justice.

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

  2. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life

  3. Students will identify concepts and methods of the social sciences to examine human behavior, social institutions, and multi-cultural awareness.

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

1. a.  Students will discriminate among the branches of U.S. Government.

    b.  Students will identify the components of the criminal justice system.

    c.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of criminal trial procedures.

2. a.  Students will summarize assigned readings.

    b.  Students will incorporate material from legal texts into written assignments and class discussions.

3. a.  Students will discriminate among different sources of criminal law.

   b.  Students will apply legal principles to court cases.

4. a.  Students will identify the constitutional and  legislative basis of different legal positions.

    b.  Students will compare and contrast different legal arguments.

5. a.  Students will define issues and controversies concerning the application of criminal law.

    b.  Students will assess issues based on alternative legal arguments.

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

Methods used to evaluate student learning will be chosen from, but not limited to, exams, papers, projects, and discussions.

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

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