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CJ 201   Introduction to Criminal Law    Credits: 3

Contemporary criminal law has pervasive effects on American society. This course introduces students to the fundamentals of criminal law. It provides an overview of general legal principles, grounded in the historical development of criminal law. Topics include the nature and history of criminal law, criminal liability, the concept of crime, the legal and social dimensions of crimes against persons and crimes against property. Other forms of crime, such as offenses against public order or public morality, are covered as well. The administration of justice, punishment, and sentencing are covered in the context of their function in society. Finally, various defenses are discussed, such as justifications and excuses.

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