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Criminal Law

© 2016 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

An Interdisciplinary Approach

 

Criminal Law provides students with an integrated framework for understanding the U.S. criminal justice system with a diverse and inclusive interdisciplinary approach and thematic focus. Authors Katheryn Russell-Brown and Angela J. Davis go beyond the law and decisions in court cases to consider and integrate issues of race, gender, and socio-economic status with their discussion of criminal law. Material from the social sciences is incorporated to highlight the intersection between criminal law and key social issues. Case excerpts and detailed case summaries, used to highlight important principles of criminal law, are featured throughout the text. The coverage is conceptual and practical, showing students how the criminal law applies in the “real world”—not just within the pages of a textbook.

 
Chapter 1: Introduction and Overview of Criminal Law
Criminal Law Terms and Concepts  
Sources of Criminal Law  
Classifications, Distinctions, and Limitations in Criminal Law  
Crime and People in the Criminal Justice System  
The Structure of the Criminal Justice System  
Case Briefing  
 
Chapter 2: Constitutional Limits on Criminal Laws
First Amendment  
Second Amendment  
Fifth Amendment  
Eighth Amendment  
Fourteenth Amendment  
Right to Privacy  
 
Chapter 3: The Elements of a Crime
A Voluntary Act (Actus Reus)  
Guilty State of Mind (Mens Rea)  
Concurrence and Causation  
Strict Liability  
 
Chapter 4: Incomplete Crimes
Attempt  
Solicitation  
Conspiracy  
Merger Doctrine  
Other Incomplete Offenses  
 
Chapter 5: Theft and Other Property Offenses
Larceny and Theft  
Embezzlement  
False Pretenses  
Burglary  
Arson  
White-Collar Crime  
 
Chapter 6: Public Order Crimes and Offenses Against Public Decency
Public Order Crimes  
Crimes Against Public Decency  
 
Chapter 7: Rape and Other Violent Crimes
Rape and Other Sexual Assaults  
Robbery  
Kidnapping  
Assault and Battery  
 
Chapter 8: Criminal Homicide
Definitions  
Intentional Killings  
Unintentional Killings  
Felony Murder  
Capital Punishment  
 
Chapter 9: Justification Defenses
Types of Defenses  
Defensive Force  
Duress and Necessity  
 
Chapter 10: Excuse Defenses
Competency and Insanity  
Infancy  
Intoxication  
Syndrome “Defenses”  
Cultural Defenses  
 
Chapter 11: Punishment and Sentencing
Punishment  
Prisoners’ Rights  
Sentencing  
 
Chapter 12: State-Involved Crimes
Crimes Against the State  
Crimes Committed by Public Officials  

Supplements

Student Study Site
?SAGE edge for students provides a personalized approach to help students accomplish their coursework goals in an easy-to-use learning environment.

  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts.
  • Mobile-friendly practice quizzes allow for independent assessment by students of their mastery of course material.
  • A customized online action plan includes tips and feedback on progress through the course and materials, which allows students to individualize their learning experience.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected to support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter.
  • Carefully selected, web-based multimedia resources feature relevant interviews, lectures, personal stories, inquiries, and other content for use in independent or classroom-based explorations of key topics.
  • Case materials apply criminal law and principles to real-world scenarios.
Instructor Resource site

The SAGE Edge Instructor Resource Site includes the following:

  • A Microsoft® Word® test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • A Respondus electronic test bank is available and can be used on PCs. The test bank contains multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter and provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding. Respondus is also compatible with many popular learning management systems so you can easily get your test questions into your online course.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course. Highlight essential content, features, and artwork from the book.
  • Lecture notes summarize key concepts on a chapter-by-chapter basis to help with preparation for lectures and class discussions.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide student interpretation. Combine cutting-edge academic journal scholarship with the topics in your course for a robust classroom experience.
  • Sample course syllabi provide suggested models for use when creating the syllabi for your courses.

  • Carefully selected, web-based video resources feature relevant interviews, lectures, personal stories, inquiries, and other content for use in independent or classroom-based explorations of key topics.

“It has an engaging style and includes great examples to help students understand concepts. The authors have done a fine job in making an often ‘dry’ subject exciting for the student.”

Robert Lockwood
Portland State University

“Each of the authors has a fascinating legal background, and clearly knows their area of the law.” 

Kathleen Nicolaides, JD
UNC Charlotte

“Good use of cases for facilitation of discussion as well as resources for the student as they continue their academic journey...Great work!”

Pamela Chambers
Sinclair Community College

“It is an excellent book”  

Barry R. Langford
Columbia College

“It was a good read, it covered all the necessary topics with great explanation.”

Richard Colangelo
Norwalk Community College
Key features

KEY FEATURES:

  • An interdisciplinary, thematic approach exposes students to the laws, cases, data, and research that explain how criminal law and the justice system operate today within an interconnected society
  • Unique organization presents the chapter material in the order criminal cases unfold as they proceed through the justice system
  • Up-to-date coverage of current topics such as campus crime and offenses committed by justice system professionals
  • Case material (excerpts and summaries) allows for the application of criminal law principles to real-world scenarios, which represent a diverse realm of social positions in regard to class, race, gender, national origin, religion, age, and sexual orientation and drawn from local, state, and federal jurisdictions
  • Contemporary, headline-making cases, incidents, and issues such as the Duke Lacrosse rape case, the Central Park Five case, the Bernie Madoff case, and the 9/11 attacks address key concepts raised within each chapter
  • A guide for case briefs will assist those who are reading court cases for the first time
  • An Issue Spotter feature presents students with an opportunity for meaningful review of the chapter material by presenting a scenario and asking students to spot the  relevant legal issues posed and, in some instances, to take the perspective of a prosecutor, defense attorney, or legal researcher
  • Legal glossary defines important terms essential to understanding the concepts
  • A free, open-access Student Study Site and password-protected Instructor Site feature an impressive array of tools and resources for review, study, and further exploration, keeping both instructors and students engaged

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