CRJ 102 Criminal Law

Campus Location:
Georgetown, Dover, Stanton
Effective Date:
CRJ 101, SSC 100 or concurrent


Course Credits and Hours:
3.00 credits
3.00 lecture hours/week
0.00 lab hours/week
Course Description:

This course provides an in-depth study of the range, categories, types and elements of criminal acts, the rationale underlying criminal law, and the analysis of situations in terms of criminal violations.

Required Text(s):

Obtain current textbook information by viewing the campus bookstore online or visit a campus bookstore. Check your course schedule for the course number and section.

Additional Materials:


Schedule Type:
Classroom Course
Hybrid Course
Online Course


Core Course Performance Objectives (CCPOs):
  1. Describe the development of criminal law. (CCC 4, 5; PGC 1)
  2. Describe the impact of law on society. (CCC 2; PGC 1, 5)
  3. Analyze the various aspects of the Delaware Criminal Code. (CCC 1, 2, 4, 5; PGC 5)

See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.

Measurable Performance Objectives (MPOs):

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Describe the development of criminal law.
    1. Describe the historical development of criminal law and the resulting criminal justice systems in the United States.
    2. Analyze the elements that constitute criminal conduct, and explain the theoretical basis of each.
    3. Outline the various categories and classifications of crime by defining criminal acts, status, and the difference between intent and motive.
    4. Explain the rules of causation and ways an offense may be committed.
    5. Describe the elements of crime related to preparatory activity such as attempt, criminal solicitation, and conspiracy, and explain the legal response to each.
    6. Discuss the different categories and types of offenses against the person and of offenses against property.
  2. Describe the impact of law on society.
    1. State the differences between civil and criminal negligence, and explain how “state of mind” is determined in children and adults.
    2. Evaluate key factors in establishing criminal responsibility, including the Durham rule, immunity, statutes of limitations, entrapment, defense of consent, and mistake of fact/law.
    3. Analyze the key elements necessary to prove different types of offenses, and explain the duties and responsibilities of the enforcement officers in each case.
    4. Summarize the offenses relating to the public place.
    5. Evaluate the impact of crimes committed in the administration of justice such as preying, bribery, obstruction of justice, escape, and resisting arrest.
    6. Explain the basic procedures followed in a criminal case from arrest to trial using case study approach.
    7. Describe the various defenses used, such as alibi, duress, self-defense, and necessity.
  3. Analyze the various aspects of the Delaware Criminal Code.
    1. Compare and contrast the aspects of arrest and commitment, search and seizure, extradition, jurisdiction, witnesses and evidence, and classification of offenses.
    2. Evaluate the role of the law enforcement personnel with emphasis on accountability, obligation, responsibilities, and limitations as mandated.
    3. Describe the categories and classifications of crime, focusing on criminal acts, including the concept of intent and criminal responsibilities.
Evaluation Criteria/Policies:

The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:

90 100 = A
80 89 = B
70 79 = C
0 69 = F

Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.

Final Course Grade:

Calculated using the following weighted average

Evaluation Measure

Percentage of final grade

Summative: Exam (4) (equally weighted)


Formative: Quizzes, assignments, journals, presentations (equally weighted)




Core Curriculum Competencies (CCCs are the competencies every graduate will develop):
  1. Apply clear and effective communication skills.
  2. Use critical thinking to solve problems.
  3. Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
  4. Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
  5. Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
  6. Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
Program Graduate Competencies (PGCs are the competencies every graduate will develop specific to his or her major):


  1. Discuss criminal justice professionalism in the performance of duties.
  2. Articulate the function and interaction of criminal justice agencies and organizations.
  3. Explain interviewing, counseling, and crisis intervention techniques with diverse criminal justice populations.
  4. Apply knowledge of causation and correction to juvenile and adult offenders.
  5. Describe the legal principles and practices of criminal and constitutional law.


  1. Employ criminal justice ethics in the performance of duties.
  2. Employ the legal principles and practices of criminal and constitutional law.
  3. Utilize interviewing, counseling, and crisis intervention techniques with diverse criminal justice populations.
  4. Apply the knowledge and skills of a law enforcement professional.
  5. Meet the academic training eligibility requirements for advanced standing status at the Delaware State Police Academy.
Disabilities Support Statement:

The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.

Minimum Technology Requirements:
Minimum technology requirements for online, hybrid, video conferencing and web conferencing courses.