Summer 2018 - CRIM 331 D100

Advanced Criminal Law (3)

Class Number: 6773

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    SWH 10218, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    CRIM 101 and 230.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

An extension of CRIM 230, this course will examine Canadian criminal law in greater depth as well as in comparison with other jurisdictions. Each term several substantive areas will be analysed closely. The areas to be examined will be determined by student interest but may include sexual offences, public order offences, mental disorder and the criminal process, property offences, etc.

COURSE DETAILS:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
(1) Understand the basic elements of specific criminal offences in depth; (2) gain experience in the use of legal data bases, such as Lexis Advance Quicklaw, Westlaw Next Canada, and HeinOnline (Available through SFU Library, Article databases) as well as CANLII.Org (available through the Internet); (3) acquire advanced legal research skills; (4) learn how to write a term paper, based on advanced legal research and using the legal citation method most widely used in Canada (Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, 8th Edition, McGill Law Journal, 2014); (5) learn to work on a group project to examine one important legal case in great depth; (6) develop the ability to critically analyze the underlying policy elements of the Criminal Code and leading criminal cases.

COURSE OUTLINE:
WEEK 1: INTRODUCTION TO COURSE
WEEK 2: OBSCENITY AND CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
WEEK 3: CRIMINAL HARASSMENT
WEEK 4: HATE PROPAGANDA AND HATE-MOTIVATED CRIMES
WEEK 5: THEFT AND RELATED OFFENCES
WEEK 6: POSSESSION OF GOODS OBTAINED BY COMMISSION OF AN INDICTABLE OFFENCE
WEEK 7: ROBBERY AND EXTORTION
WEEK 8: BREAKING AND ENTERING AND RELATED OFFENCES
WEEK 9: FRAUD AND FALSE PRETENCES
WEEK 10: SEXUAL ASSAULTS AGAINST ADULT VICTIMS
WEEK 11: SEXUAL OFFENCES AGAINST CHILDREN
WEEK 12: OFFENCES RELATED TO TRADING SEXUAL SERVICES
WEEK 13: CONSPIRACY

Grading

  • Term Paper 50%
  • Group Project 20%
  • Seminar Participation 30%

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

1. Pocket Criminal Code of Canada (must be latest edition, 2018), (paperback); Toronto: Carswell Legal Publications.

2. Verdun-Jones, S.N. Custom Courseware (Summer, 2018). Available from the SFU Bookstore.

Department Undergraduate Notes:


ATTENTION: STUDENTS WITH A DISABILITY: Please contact the Centre for Students with Disabilities, (MBC 1250 or Phone 778-782-3112) if you need or require assistance, not your individual instructors.  

  • N.B.: Students are reminded that attendance in the first week of classes is important. However, there are no tutorials in the first week.
  • ON CAMPUS COURSES ONLY: Assignments not submitted to the Professor/T.A. during class/office hours must be placed in the security box behind the General Office (ASSC 10125), or submitted as per Professor’s instructions for courses taking place at Surrey Campus. The assignment drop-off box is emptied Monday to Friday at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. only and the contents are date stamped accordingly. No other department’s date stamp will apply (e.g. Library/Campus Security) and the School of Criminology is not responsible for assignments submitted any other way (e.g. slid under office doors). The University does NOT accept assignments by fax. 
  • A student must complete ALL aspects of a course (including assignments, exams, class participation, presentations, chat room components of Distance Education courses and other), otherwise he/she will receive a grade of N. 
  • E-mail policy for on campus courses only: The School of Criminology STRONGLY DISCOURAGES the use of e-mail in lieu of office hour visits. Criminology advises its instructional staff that they are NOT required to respond to student e-mails and that students wishing to confer with them should do so in person during scheduled meeting times.
  • The University has formal policies regarding intellectual dishonesty and grade appeals which may be obtained from the General Office of the School of Criminology.
  • Under GP18, the University has policies and procedures which respond to our obligations under the BC Human Rights Code to provide a harassment and discrimination free environment for the students, staff and faculty of this institution.  Members of this community have an affirmative obligation to safeguard the human rights of others.
UNIVERSITY POLICY FORBIDS FINAL EXAMINATIONS WHILE CLASSES ARE STILL IN SESSION.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://students.sfu.ca/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS