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- Available Lessons: 108
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
Eligible for Credit: Yes
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Course SummaryCriminal Justice 107: Criminal Law has been evaluated and recommended for 3 semester hours and may be transferred to over 2,000 colleges and universities. With this self-paced course, you get engaging lessons, expert instructors who make even the most challenging Criminal Justice topics simple, and an excellent resource for getting a head start on your degree.
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About This Course
This self-paced course outlines the major types of crime and the scope of criminal law. Our expert instructors explain concepts like jurisdiction, criminal liability, procedural law, sentencing and much more. The course can be accessed on any computer or mobile device, and we've made it available to study 24/7.
Take the accompanying lesson quizzes and chapter exams to reinforce your understanding of these criminal law topics. You can also submit questions to our instructors if you need any extra help with the course material. We've designed this course to benefit students who want to get ahead in a class or degree program, as well as professionals who want or need to expand their criminal law knowledge.
The course objective is to introduce criminal law from different perspectives, to overview the reasons for punishing criminals, to describe the components of a crime, and to analyze the defenses that the accused might raise.
Your grade for this course will be calculated out of 300 points. The minimum score required to pass and become eligible for college credit for this course is 210 points, or an overall course grade of 70%. The table below shows the assignments you must complete and how they'll be incorporated into the overall grade.
|Proctored Final Exam||200|
Quizzes are meant to test your comprehension of each lesson as you progress through the course. Here's a breakdown of how you will be graded on quizzes and how they'll factor into your final score:
- You will have 3 attempts to take each quiz for a score.
- The highest score of your first 3 attempts will be recorded as your score for each quiz.
- When you've completed the course, the highest scores from your first 3 attempts at each quiz will be averaged together and weighed against the total possible points for quizzes. For instance, if your average quiz score is 85%, you'll receive 85 out of 100 possible points for quizzes.
- After your initial 3 attempts, you can take a quiz for practice as many times as you'd like.
- You will need to pass each quiz with a score of at least 80% to earn course progress for the lesson. However, it is not necessary to earn 80% within the first three quiz attempts.
Proctored Final Exam
The proctored final exam is a cumulative test designed to ensure that you've mastered the material in the course.
- You'll earn points equivalent to the percentage grade you receive on your proctored final. (So if you earn 90% on the final, that's 90 points toward your final grade.)
- If you're unsatisfied with your score on the exam, you'll be eligible to retake the exam after a 3-day waiting period.
- You can only retake the exam twice, so be sure to use your study guide and fully prepare yourself before you take the exam again.
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Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:
- Understand the nature and purpose of criminal law, and the sources of
- Understand and explain the differences between substantive and procedural law
- Understand the elements of criminal liability and how those elements manifest themselves in specific crimes
- Apply legal principles to factual situations
- Differentiate and understand the historical background of criminal law, common law, codified statutes, the model penal code, and federal and state statutes
- Evaluate factual patterns, determine whether conduct will result in criminal sanctions and reach conclusions determining what criminal charges, if any, will be levied
- Understand the elements of each criminal offense, differentiate between the levels of crime, and be able to articulate and demonstrate knowledge of elements of each offense
- Identify conduct that will make an individual criminally culpable for his/her actions
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Criminal Justice 107: Criminal Law consists of short video lessons that are organized into topical chapters. Each video is approximately 5-10 minutes in length and comes with a quick quiz to help you measure your learning. The course is completely self-paced. Watch lessons on your schedule whenever and wherever you want.
At the end of each chapter, you can complete a chapter test to see if you're ready to move on or have some material to review. Once you've completed the entire course, take the practice test and use the study tools in the course to prepare for the proctored final exam. You may take the proctored final exam whenever you are ready.
How Credit Recommendations Work
This course has been evaluated and recommended by ACE & NCCRS for 3 semester hours in the lower division baccalaureate degree category. To apply for transfer credit, follow these steps:
- If you already have a school in mind, check with the registrar to see if the school will grant credit for courses recommended by either ACE or NCCRS.
- Complete Criminal Justice 107: Criminal Law by watching video lessons and taking short quizzes.
- Take the Criminal Justice 107: Criminal Law final exam directly on the Study.com site.
- Request a transcript to be sent to the accredited school of your choice!
- Check out this page for more information on Study.com's credit-recommended courses.
|Criminal Law: Purposes, Scope & Sources||Define the nature and purpose of criminal law and explain the history of American law. Differentiate between civil and criminal law and evaluate the role of the U.S. Department of Justice. Discuss the various sources criminal law within the U.S.|
|Understanding the Types of Jurisdiction||Define the various types of jurisdiction, including original, subject matter, appellate, general, specific, supplemental and extraterritorial. Recognize the cases that the Supreme Court and federal government have jurisdiction over.|
|Essential Elements of a Crime||Define the concept of a crime and identify/explain the elements of a crime, including mens rea, actus reus, causation and concurrence. Provide examples of inchoate crimes, and explain the role of intent in criminal culpability.|
|Criminal Liability Types||Explain corporate criminal liability and strict liability. Define negligence, including criminal negligence and gross negligence.|
|Justification & Excuse Defenses||Identify the differences between justification and excuse defenses. Identify and provide examples of specific defenses, including self-defense, duress, intoxication and insanity.|
|Substantive & Procedural Law||Differentiate between substantive and procedural law. Explain due process, and recognize the various amendments in the Bill of Rights that establish substantive and procedural law, including legal restraints on police actions, restrictions on unreasonable search and seizure and the use of arrest and search warrants. Explain the Patriot Act and how that has impacted substantive and procedural law.|
|Punishment & Sentencing in Criminal Law||Discuss the relationship between crime and punishment. Identify sentencing issues and trends in the U.S. Evaluate various issues in sentencing, including aggravating and mitigating factors and the goals of sentencing. Compare different types of sentences, including traditional and alternative criminal sentences, indeterminate sentences and life sentences. Discuss capital punishment.|
|Sexual Offenses & Offenders Overview||Define sexual assault and the various laws against it. Provide a profile of sex offenders and explain several sexual crimes, including voyeurism, frotteurism and pedophilia.|
|Robbery, Theft, Burglary & Property Crimes||Differentiate between robbery and burglary. Identify the different types of property crimes, define theft and explain the characteristics and laws against these various crimes.|
|Assault & Battery Overview||Detail how assault and battery are different. Discuss the abuse of different groups, including children and the elderly.|
|False Imprisonment & Kidnapping||Explain the differences between types of false imprisonment, including kidnapping and aggravated kidnapping.|
|White, Blue & Green-Collar Crime||Differentiate between white-collar, green-collar and blue-collar crimes. Provide examples and prohibitions against white-collar and green-collar crimes. Discuss efforts to control these crimes.|
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What to Expect For the Exam
This Study.com course has been evaluated and recommended for college credit. Once you've completed this course, you can take the proctored final exam and potentially earn credit. Follow the steps below to take the exam.
Before taking the exam, all of the following requirements must be met:
|A College Accelerator Study.com membership.|
|Completed all lessons in Criminal Justice 107: Criminal Law course and achieved 100% Quiz Progress.|
|Not attempted to take this exam within the last three days.|
|Have available proctored exams in this month of membership.|
|Have not taken this exam three times. (0/3)|
|Complete the exam readiness quiz.|
Please meet all of the pre-requirements in the Pre-Exam Checklist in order to take the exam.
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3. Take Exam
The exam contains 50 - 100 multiple choice questions. You will have two hours to complete the exam, so don't start until you're sure you can complete the entire thing. And remember to pace yourself!
4. Get Exam Results
We will send you an email with your official exam results within 1 to 2 weeks. If you would like to raise your grade after receiving your exam results, you can retake quizzes with fewer than 3 attempts. You will then need to retake the final exam.
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