CRIM 230 - Criminal Law

This course will introduce the student to the development and basic principles of Canadian criminal law, the concepts of actus reus, mens rea, regulatory offences, modes of participation in crime, inchoate crimes, criminal responsibility, and defenses to a criminal charge. The impact of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms on the Canadian law will also be explored.


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 3)


Total Weeks:  15



CRIM 135 Introduction to Canada Law and Legal Institute


Non-Course Prerequisites:




Course Content:
- Introduction to Canadian Criminal Law (purpose, definition and sources and of law. Charter of Rights and Freedoms)
- The Actus Reus Elements of a Crimal Offence
- Causation in Criminal Law
- Mens Rea - Subjective Liability
- Mens Rea - Objective Liability
- Regulatory Offences (strict and absolute liability offences)
- Modes of Participation in Crime and Inchoate Offences
- Mental Impairment and Criminal Responsibility (NCRMD and Automatisim)
- Mistake of Fact, Consent and Law - legal defences
- Provocation and Intoxication - partial defences
- Necessity and Dureess - legal defences
- Self-Defence and Defence of Property


Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Develop awareness of the development of the Canadian criminal law since the enactment of the Canadian Criminal Code
- Define the basic principles of the Canadian criminal law
- Apply basic legal principles to factual and hypothetical situations
- Explore the impact of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms on Canadian Criminal Law

- Develop a critical approach towards the policies underlying the existing criminal law in Canada


Grading System:  Letters


Passing Grade: D (50%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.