Schedule of Classes Course Description

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Course Prefix: CJBA                                     Course Number: 210                                    
Course Title: Criminal Responsibility
Subject: Criminal Justice
Minimum Credits: 3.0                                     Maximum Credits: 3.0                                     Hours per week: 3.0


This course focuses on the concept of criminal responsibility, a concept fundamental to the purpose and functioning of the criminal justice system. It examines the policy choices central to the allocation of criminal responsibility, and the ethical dilemma between the need to control deviant behavior and the value of individual freedom. With the aid of significant court cases, students will analyze complex legal issues, such as responsibility for unintended consequences, considered but unfulfilled criminal goals, and the action of others. During this process , they will learn to understand and critique legal arguments. Emphasis will be given, through both classroom discussion and written assignments, on developing analytical, ethical and critical reasoning skills. Students will also begin to develop their own research agenda in the field of criminal law and the operation of courts.

Prerequisite: ENG 102 or ENG 201, CJBA 111
Start Date:    01/26/2012                         End Date: