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CRJ 130 Survey of Criminal Law

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    • Profile picture
    Feb 09, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course because it delves further into the subjects explored in Crj 104 and has uses many current court cases to really internalize the message.

    Course highlights:

    I learned a great deal about the history of our current criminal justice system and quite a lot about other countries justice systems. Additionally, I learned how to correctly identify most crimes with certainty and how judges arrive at their sentences. I also learned about court specific issues like legal death and insanity.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    READ THE BOOK! The in class lectures are very important and some test questions will be from the lectures but the majority of questions and concepts are from the book. One exam I did not study closely in the book and it resulted in my lowest exam score, a 74. Because this class is mostly determined by test scores it is difficult to recover from even 1 bad test. The best way to approach the class is to read the chapter before class, ask questions about confusing topics that the book does not explain well, read the book after class, make flash cards for the vocabulary in each chapter, then reread the chapters a few days before each test. Following these steps is going to guarantee any student a high grade in the class and an enjoyable learning experience.

    • Winter 2016
    • KaruHangawatte
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    Nov 16, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    DR. Kennedy is an incredible instructor who uses her experiences to help demonstrate the content of the course.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of the course were learning how to analyze criminal acts and their elements.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Study thoroughly, research content outside of class, watch videos

    • Fall 2016
    • MargaretKennedy
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    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Jan 04, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    Her class is very organized and easy to understand. She makes sure to make sure that her students understand her lesson by asking iClicker questions. She always is in a good mood when she comes to class and she is more than willing to work with a student if there is a problem that the student is having.

    Course highlights:

    She focused on the laws and terms that are used in the criminal justice field. She also went through the history of laws and how they shaped the country today. If by the end of the semester, mens rea and actus reus is not ingrained in your mind, then something is very wrong because that will get brought up in almost every chapter.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    Take the class. It is an easy class, but also very informative. There are many things about the class that will open your eyes to the strange laws that the United States has and will also show you that the criminal justice field does not agree 100% with the laws that they are tasked to enforce.

    • Winter 2016
    • Alexis Kennedy
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