Criminal Law

Faculty
Humanities & Social Sciences
Department
Criminology
Course Code
CRIM 2260
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
15
Max Class Size
35
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Typically Offered
To be determined
Campus
Online

Overview

Course Description
This course is designed to give students an understanding of Canadian criminal law. The course will begin with a review of the sources of criminal law and how criminal law operates within the structure of the justice system. Students will be introduced to the role of criminal law in society through a discussion of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and recent cases. This will be followed by a thorough examination of the principles of substantive Canadian criminal law. The substantive criminal law will be explained and examined by the use of the case method. General principles of law will be discussed in the context of specific cases decided by the courts. Students will be encouraged to consider the law critically, from both an academic and societal perspective.
Course Content
  1. Introduction to Canadian Criminal Law
    • Sources of Criminal Law in Canada
    • Statutes and case law
    • Legal research and citation
    • Case briefing
    • Exclusive Federal Power to Enact Criminal Law
    • Breadth of the criminal law power
    • Regulatory Law (absolute and strict liability)
    • Review of Legal Classifications (public law, private law, substantive law, procedural law).
    • Criminal Trial Process: Crown’s Case, Case for the Defense, Court and Jury Selection
    • Proof of Crime
    • Burden of Proof
    • Standard of Proof
    • Impact of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms on Criminal Law
  2. The Changing Nature of Law and Morality
    • Case studies on the development of one or more of the laws on:
      • Abortion
      • Euthanasia
      • Prostitution
      • Polygamy
      • Etc.
  3. Determining Criminal Liability
    • Actus Reus (conduct, circumstances, consequences, causation)
    • Mens Rea (subjective and objective mens rea, direct and indirect intention, relationship to motive,                 recklessness, willful blindness).
  4. Regulatory Criminal Liability
    • Absolute and Strict Liability (definitions, how statutes are classified, Charter application to offences)
  5. Modes of Participation in Crime
    • Parties to Crime
    • Accessory After the Fact
    • Inchoate Offences (counseling offences not committed, criminal attempt, conspiracy)
  6. Defenses to Crime
    • Mistake of Fact
    • Mistake of Law
    • Intoxication
    • Necessity
    • Duress
    • Provocation
    • Self-Defense
    • Consent
    • Mental Disorder
    • Automatism
Methods Of Instruction

The course will employ a variety of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some of the following:

 

  • lectures
  • seminar presentations
  • audio-visual materials
  • group discussion
  • research papers
  • case briefing assignments
Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy.   Evaluations will be based on course objectives and may include some of the following: exams, oral presentation, research project/term paper, case brief assignment, legal research lab.  The instructor will provide a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester.

 

SAMPLE EVALUATION

Library Lab    5%
Case Brief Assignment           15%
Research Paper  20%
Mid-term exam  25%
Final exam  35%
Total 100%
Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course the successful student will be able to:

 

  1. Identify the constitutional and legal sources of criminal law and conduct and use legal research.
  2. Identify the relationship of criminal law to other regulatory laws.
  3. Describe the classification of criminal law in relationship to other classifications of law.
  4. Describe the criminal trial process.
  5. Discuss how and why the Charter of Rights and Freedoms impacts criminal law.  
  6. Describe the relationship between morality, societal values and criminal law.
  7. Identify the elements of crime and discuss each of these elements as described in statute and case law.
  8. Discuss various methods of criminal participation and the elements of each as outlined in statute and case law.
  9. Identify legal defenses to crime and describe the legal criteria of these defenses.
  10. Identify current issues in Canadian criminal law and related Constitutional laws.
  11. Discuss the role of the Supreme Court of Canada (S.C.C.) in criminal law.
Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be purchased by Students:

Textbooks will be updated periodically.  Typical examples are:

 

Verdun-Jones, S. Criminal Law in Canada: Cases, Questions and the Code, (6th ed.).  Toronto, ON:  Nelson Education Ltd.

 

Verdun-Jones, S. Canadian Criminal Cases, Selected Highlights, (3rd ed.)  Toronto, ON:  Nelson Education Ltd.

 

The Criminal Code of Canada (latest edition).

Requisites

Prerequisites

Corequisites

No corequisite courses.

Equivalencies

No equivalent courses.

Requisite for

This course is not required for any other course.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Camosun College (CAMO) CAMO CRIM 270 (3) 2013/01/01 to -
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU LAW 130 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
Justice Institute of BC (JIBC) JIBC LAWS 1204 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU CRIM 1207 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
Langara College (LANG) LANG CRIM 1216 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
Okanagan College (OC) OC CRIM 230 (3) 2011/01/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU CRIM 230 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU CRIM 230 (3), OL 2004/09/01 to 2010/12/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU SOCI 2XXX (3) 2010/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU SOCI 2XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2010/08/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU CRIM 2309 (3), OL 2011/01/01 to 2016/08/31
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU GENS 2XX (3) 2009/09/01 to 2019/08/31
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU SOCI 2XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2009/08/31
Trinity Western University (TWU) No credit 2019/09/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO SOCI 2nd (3) 2009/09/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO ARTS 2nd (3), (Social Science) 2005/05/01 to 2009/08/31
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV ARTS 2nd (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC SOSC 2XX (3) 2004/05/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV CRIM 230 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC SOCI 2XX (1.5) 2004/09/01 to -
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU CRIM 230 (3) 2004/09/01 to -

Course Offerings

Winter 2021

CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
12419
Wed
04-Jan-2021
- 12-Apr-2021
04-Jan-2021
12-Apr-2021
Hunter
Kathleen
Open
Online
See Legal Studies (LGST) for other university transferable law and legal system courses.

This course will include some synchronous on-line activities. Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times. Synchronous on-line activities may include lecture, or they may not. In some courses, synchronous class time may be used instead for active learning components (e.g. discussions, labs).
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
0
35
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Wed
9:30 - 12:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
12611
Tue
04-Jan-2021
- 12-Apr-2021
04-Jan-2021
12-Apr-2021
Dowdeswell
Tracey
Open
Online
See Legal Studies (LGST) for other university transferable law and legal system courses.

This course will include some synchronous on-line activities. Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times. Synchronous on-line activities may include lecture, or they may not. In some courses, synchronous class time may be used instead for active learning components (e.g. discussions, labs).
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
0
35
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Tue
18:30 - 21:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
12903
Mon
04-Jan-2021
- 12-Apr-2021
04-Jan-2021
12-Apr-2021
Hunter
Kathleen
Open
Online
See Legal Studies (LGST) for other university transferable law and legal system courses.

This course will include some synchronous on-line activities. Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times. Synchronous on-line activities may include lecture, or they may not. In some courses, synchronous class time may be used instead for active learning components (e.g. discussions, labs).
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
0
35
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Mon
15:30 - 18:20