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CRJ 130 - Criminal Law

Last Date of Approval: Spring 2019

3 Credits
Total Lecture Hours: 45
Course Description:
This course is designed for students majoring in criminal justice. This course is the study of the philosophy and the basis for law, the historical development of criminal law and the procedures, the structure, the definition, and the criminal law of Iowa. Exploring the causation, preparation and perpetration of crimes, criminal conduct, and parties to crimes. This course will help students refine their critical thinking skills as they evaluate various topics and concepts while searching for underlying connections between the concepts, which is a skill that should be beneficial in criminal justice careers.

Prerequisites/Corequisites: None

Mode(s) of Instruction: traditional/face to face, online

Credit for Prior Learning: This course offers an opportunity for students to earn Credit for Prior Learning for skills that they have brought with them to Iowa Central. For more information, please ask the instructor and see the Iowa Central Community College catalog.

Course Fees: none

Common Course Assessment(s): none

Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives:
Student Learning Outcomes:

• Discuss societal definitions involved in determining what conduct is defined as criminal

• Explain the constitutional limitations placed upon those who have the responsibility of enacting and enforcing criminal laws

• Define and apply knowledge of crimes against a person

• Define and apply knowledge of crimes against property

• Define and apply knowledge of crimes involving theft offenses

• Define and apply knowledge of drug-related crimes

• Demonstrate how to complete a charging document.


  • Distinguish between a tort and a crime
  • State the five primary concerns when considering criminal law
  • Define terms that relate to homicide and other “persons” offenses.
  • Define the offense of sexual assault, list its elements, and explain the terms used in the definition and elements
  • Define the essential elements of the offense of burglary and discuss the evidence required to prove each element.
  • State the elements of the offense of robbery and explain why robbery is the most serious theft offense.
  • Distinguish between forgery and uttering a forged instrument, and identify the elements of uttering a forged instrument.
  • Identify offenses that relate to morality and decency.
  • Define and apply knowledge of being an accessory to a crime
  • Distinguish the offenses of perjury, bribery and obstructing justice.
  • Explain the classifications of narcotics and drugs.
  • Define and explain knowledge of traffic crimes
  • Discuss the statute of limitations defense and the rationale for this defense.
  • Demonstrate how to write a probable cause statement.


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