ADJ 130 Syllabus


Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                           Date:   February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Administration of Justice


Course Number and Title:           ADJ 130, Introduction to Criminal Law


Credit Hours:  3                   Hours/Wk Lecture:                         3Hours/Wk Lab:      Lec/Lab Comb:



I.              Catalog Description:         Surveys the general principles of American criminal law, the elements of major crimes, and the basic steps of prosecution procedure.  Lecture 3 hours per week.


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught: 


This course is required in all ADJ specializations and provides students with a basic but comprehensive understanding of criminal law.


III.           Required background: 


English 111 eligibility


IV.          Course Content:


A.   History of Criminal Law including Common Law, Modern Statuary and Case Law

B.   Criminal Law in contrast to Civil Law

C.   Classification and excuses for Criminal Conduct

D.   Major Felony Categories

E.   Victimization Issues

F.    Punishment and Sentencing of Criminal Offerders


V.  Learner Outcomes


The student will be able to:

VI.  Evaluation

A.   Define the nature and types of criminal acts

B.   Explain philosophies of criminal law and criminology

C.   Provide enlightenment of theories of crime causation

D.   Lend understanding regarding sub-systems of the criminal justice system including police/law enforcement, prosecution/judiciary and corrections sub-systems

E.   Develop an appreciation for the many unique and complex problems—scarce resources for example—faced by administration of justice practitioners

F.    Develop understanding of many other relevant aspects of the administration of justice—crime control, ethics, professional training needs—of particular value to the ADJ major.

Students will be evaluated (generic)


All students must submit at least three written case brief assignments.  All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.



         VII.    This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


  Critical Thinking

  Cultural and Social Understanding