|Undergraduate Course Details|
The historical background of criminal law: its nature, purpose and development from common law to contemporary statutory and case law will be studied. The general principles of criminal liability will be presented: the act or omission, the mens rea, criminal responsibility, defense and justification. Laws pertaining to offenses against persons, property, public order and public morals will be examined. Discussion will include commercial, white-collar and organized crime. Three lecture hours per week. CRJ major requirement.