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CJ& 110 Criminal Law • 5 Cr.


Surveys theories and concepts of law pertaining to the criminal justice system. Topics include the Revised Code of Washington and specific state and federal constitutional amendments.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Recognize and use the basic vocabulary of law (e.g., culpability, mens rea, probable cause, rule of law, etc.,) in-class writings, short answer tests, and class discussions.

  • Distinguish between “Common Law”, the “Model Code”, and the “Revised Code of Washington”. For example, students should be able to describe the changes various laws have undergone over time and explain the rationale behind those changes.

  • Explain in writings, the categories and sources of criminal and civil law. For example, students should be able to describe and give examples of the four main sources of all laws and explain the historical development of the categories of criminal law designated in class.

  • Accurately and informatively explain and give examples of the conceptual and statuatory differences between “civil” and “criminal” law.

  • Demonstrate in written essays why general knowledge of “criminal” and “civil” law is important in the daily lives of all citizens. For example, how law can be used to settle civil disputes and how knowledge of the criminal “process” can be used to protect one’s civil rights.

  • Identify, explain and discuss in writings and discussions the theory behind the development of “criminal” and “civil” laws.

  • Explain in discussions and writings the key elements to specific criminal statutes in the Revised Code of Washington. For example, the crimes of “burglary”, “arson”, “robbery”, “theft”, “murder”, “assault”, “rape”, “kidnapping”, and “manslaughter”.

  • Define, identify, and recognize, in discussions and writings, the major purposes of criminal law. For example, the defining, classifying, grading, prohibiting, and punishing of criminal behavior.


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