This course is the study of criminal law including application of definitions, statutory elements, defenses, and penalties using Texas statutes, the Model Penal Code, and case law. The course also analyzes the philosophical and historical development of criminal law and criminal culpability.

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Identify the elements of crimes and defenses under Texas statutes, Model Penal Code, and case law
  • Classify offenses and articulate penalties for various crimes
  • Compare culpable mental states when assigning criminal responsibility
  • Assess the impact of history and philosophy on current criminal laws
  • Evaluate the application of criminal law to other areas of criminal justice such as law enforcement and corrections

Grade Basis: L
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture hours: 48.0