U.S. Criminal Law
Flat World Knowledge
Apr 1, 2013 to May 13, 2013
Cost per enrollment: Free
- Provides video lectures
- Some of your work will be assessed by a content expert
- Provides opportunities to interact with the instructor or students
- Uses discussion forums
- Requires the purchase of a textbook or other course materials
Full course description
This course is ideal for students who would like to assess their aptitude for legal studies or for those interested in criminal justice or paralegal studies. It also provides an excellent introduction for anyone who wants to learn the basics of the U.S. legal system, the Constitution, and the elements of most crimes and criminal defenses.
Course content includes an exploration of criminal defenses, including self-defense, consent, and insanity. Most of the coursework is an analysis of criminal offenses, including inchoate offenses such as attempt, conspiracy, and solicitation; crimes against the person like criminal homicide, sex offenses, kidnapping, assault, and battery; crimes against property, including theft, burglary, and arson; crimes against the public such as crimes involving criminal gangs, drug crimes, and prostitution; and crimes against the government like treason, sedition, espionage, sabotage, terrorism, perjury, bribery, and obstruction of justice.
The textbook, Criminal Law v.1.0, will enhance the student's learning experience as it provides full explanations of each topic and many examples and exercises. The textbook is an Affordable Educational Resource (prices start at $19.95) and can be accessed here: http://bit.ly/ReU8R6
Lisa M. Storm
Professor of Criminal Justice and Business
Lisa M. Storm, Esq. received her bachelor's degree in Spanish from the University of California at Davis in 1985, and her Juris Doctorate degree from Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco in 1990. Ms. Storm has taught criminal justice and paralegal studies at the community college, four-year, and graduate level since 1992. Currently, she is a tenured faculty member in Administration of Justice at Hartnell College, a California community college. She is also an attorney and licensed member of the California State Bar. Ms. Storm teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedures, Criminal Evidence, Constitutional Law, and Legal Environment of Business. Throughout her teaching career Ms. Storm has embraced innovation, which led her to develop the only online degree and certificate program at Hartnell College, as well as the only accelerated (three-semester) online degree program in Administration of Justice. Her dedication to students has helped her win both campus-wide and external awards, including the Ercia Harden teaching excellence award in 2006. Ms. Storm continues to pursue her commitment to student success and hopes to inspire many more students to pursue careers in paralegal or criminal justice.