Criminal Law: CRJU 360 Dr. Tod W. Burke

Summer 1998 (wk) 831-6657

Monday-Thursday 1:00 – 3:15 (e-mail)

Young 307





Criminal law is one of the most exciting areas of study in the field of criminal justice. The constant changes in the law continue to shape the criminal justice system, as well as society as a whole. It is the purpose of this course to highlight the major theories and concepts of the criminal law through case analysis. The student will have the opportunity to discuss the basic elements of crimes against persons, property and society. Additionally, much discussion will focus upon the criminal law as it relates to criminal and civil liability (organized crime/business crime).


The basic format of instruction includes lecture, student discussion and presentations, case analysis, and video.




The student will be graded based upon the following criteria:


Mid-term exam: 100 points (Chapters 1-7)

Final exam 100 points (Chapters 8-12)

Legal Briefs……10 points each


Bonus: Students who have perfect attendance will receive 10 points bonus (not 10 percent). Perfect attendance is defined as not missing any classes (whether excused or not).


Students are expected to attend each assigned class. Any student who misses more than 2 classes will be deducted 10 points for each class missed. Additionally, students are expected to attend class on time. Any student who is late may be denied admission (2 tardies = 1 absence).


The exam format will be essay/hypothetical situations and completing legal briefs (from readings). All exam questions will come from classroom lectures, discussion, readings, movies, speakers, etc.


Students will expected to prepare legal briefs from the assigned readings. Cases will be assigned to the students (or groups, depending upon class size). The student (or group) will be responsible for leading classroom discussion as to each assigned brief. Therefore, it is incumbent upon all students to have read the briefs prior to class and be prepared for discussion. Failure to successfully brief each assigned case will result in the reduction of 5 points (for each case) {This includes all classmates who are called upon to discuss the case}. All briefs must be typed in proper format and grammatically correct! Students are to do individual briefs (no "brief" sharing). Any breach of this rule will be deemed academic dishonesty and will be handled as such.


Students are expected to purchase their own exam book (blue books) for each exam. They can be purchased for a nominal fee at the college bookstore.





Criminal Law (5th Edition) by Joel Samaha






The following is a tentative outline: