Fall 2021 - CRIM 230 OL01
Criminal Law (3)
Class Number: 3102
Delivery Method: Remote
Nature, purpose, scope, sources and basic principles of the criminal law. Study of certain fundamental legal concepts such as mens rea, negligence and strict liability. Analysis of the concept of criminal responsibility in Canada. Critical examination of the legislative policies expressed in the Criminal Code. Study of the basic elements of a criminal offence. Examination of the legal principles relating to certain specific crimes and to certain major defences. Impact of Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms on the criminal law.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: (1) Understand the basic principles of Canadian criminal law, including the principles of causation, the elements of a criminal offence, the distinction between, and differential impact of, forms of liability, modes of participation, and the legal requirements for various criminal defences; (2) describe the application of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to the criminal law; (3) analyze legal jurisprudence and explain judicial interpretations of specific criminal offences and the application of specific defences; (4) understand and employ the case law method of analyzing the criminal law, including interpretation of the Criminal Code and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act; (5) apply the relevant legal principles, statutory law and case law to realistic and complex fact patterns.
This course is an online course: all materials (except exams) are delivered asynchronomously. Students will need to log onto Canvas by the end of the first week of the term and then continue to check Canvas weekly and submit assignments through Canvas. The open book midterm and final exams will be conducted in Canvas, in a timed online format, scheduled in accordance with the registrar’s schedule. See the syllabus available on Canvas for a complete list of all policies applicable to this course.
- Case Brief 5%
- Memos 1 15%
- Memo 2 20%
- Midterm 20%
- Reflective Post 10%
- Final Exam 30%
1. Verdun-Jones, S. N. (2020). Criminal Law in Canada: Cases, Questions and the Code (7 th ed.) Thomson Nelson Learning. E-book available
2. Criminal Code, RSC 1985, c. C-46 (available at: https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/c-46/)
3. Case Law (available on Canvas)
Department Undergraduate Notes:
If you have any Criminology course enrollment requests (course adds, course swaps), please contact a Criminology advisor. Please do not contact instructors for enrollment assistance as they will ultimately refer you to a Criminology advisor.
Criminology course enrollment requests should be sent to a Criminology advisor no later than the last day of the Second week of classes. Late enrollment requests are subject to approval and are not guaranteed.
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TEACHING AT SFU IN FALL 2021
Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place. Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes. You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).
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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.