Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

ADJ 110 - Criminal Law

Course Description

Criminal Law, the foundation upon which the Criminal Justice System is built, encompasses theoretical concepts from sociology, psychology, political science, philosophy, theology and economics. It affects both the people it serves and those employed by the Criminal Justice System. The legal foundations of the U. S. Criminal Justice System are introduced to the student. Criminal offenses outlined by criminal statutes are examined with specific attention to the Pennsylvania Criminal Code.
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

Explain the importance of the criminal law in maintaining social order.
Describe the basic components of the Criminal Justice System.
Analyze the concept of criminal liability.
Define the elements of specific crimes.
Recognize the requirements of various Pennsylvania criminal statutes.
Identify the liabilities of individuals convicted of criminal violations.
Identify and apply the most frequently used substantive defenses to charges of criminal acts.
Investigate the impact of the U.S. Constitution to the Criminal Justice System.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: (ENG 050, REA 050) or ENG 099 or REA 075 or test scores