BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

LEPP-150 - The Criminal Code - 3.00 Credits

LEPP-150 - The Criminal Code - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course will provide students with an understanding and comprehensive appreciation of the Canadian Criminal Code and the importance of understanding the manual for policing exercises. Students will be taught how to cite selected criminal offenses, elements of crime and pre-trial criminal procedures. The course will also examine the statutes of British Columbia and identify duties, authorities, responsibilities, penalties, and court procedures regarding provincial statues.
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  • Prerequisites : ENGL 050 or English 11, and MATH 050 or Applications of Math 11.
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree or Five years law enforcement experience.
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week.
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments/Group Projects/Midterms 50-70%, Final Exam 30-50%. Total 100%. Grading procedures follow the NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:
  • understand the fundamentals of the Criminal Code;

  • demonstrate an ability to use a statute index;

  • describe the importance of the following legal terms, shall, may, includes, means, for the purpose of, and, or, intra vires and ultra vires;

  • define the difference between law and legislation;

  • describe the sources of law;

  • distinguish between two types of statute law and demonstrate an understanding of subordinate legislation and quasi-criminal offences;

  • demonstrate an ability to research case law;

  • demonstrate an understanding of the Constitution Act and its impact on Aboriginal cultures;

  • describe the division of powers amongst the federal, provincial and Aboriginal governments;

  • explain designated sections of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the effects of the Charter on Aboriginal Inherent Rights and Sovereignty;

  • identify the steps involved in the commission of an offence;

  • identify the appropriate charge for an offence;

  • construct a chargeable offense;

  • Identify the statutes of British Columbia which an officer may have to enforce;

  • Detail the authority given to a police officer by a statute; and

  • Explain the role and authority of government agencies in the enforcement of provincial statutes.
  • Text and Materials:
  • E. Greenspan and M. Rosenberg. Martin’s Annual Criminal Code. Canada Law Book Inc.
  • A. Parks and R. Byrne. Law 165 Criminal Law Study Guide. Lethbridge Community College Guide Book.
  • Other Resources:
  • Handouts.
  • Campbell, Mary E. (2000). Politics and public servants: Observations on the current state of criminal law reform. Canadian Journal of Criminology, 42(3), 341-354.
  • Healy, Patrick. (2000). Six of the best. Canadian Journal of Criminology, 42(3), 389-404.
  • Jackson, Michael. (2002). Justice behind the Walls: Human Rights in Canadian Prisons. Vancouver, B.C.: Douglas & McIntyre.
  • Jackson, Michael. (1988). Locking up Natives in Canada: A report of the Committee of the Canadian Bar Association on Imprisonment and Release. [Vancouver, B.C.]: [Canadian Bar Association].
  • Miller, Shereen Benzvy and Schacter, Mark. (2000). From restorative justice to restorative governance. Canadian Journal of Criminology, 42(3), 405-411.
  • Milloy, John Sheridan. (1999) A national crime: The Canadian government and the residential school system, 1879-1986. Winnipeg, Man.: University of Manitoba Press.
  • Roach, Kent. (2000). Changing punishment at the turn of the century: Restorative justice on the rise. Canadian Journal of Criminology, 42(3), 249-280.
  • Roberts, Julian V. and Melchers, Ronald. (2003). The Incarceration of Aboriginal Offenders: Trends from 1978 to 2001(1). Canadian Journal of Criminology And Criminal Justice, 45(2), 211-242.
  • Welsh, Andrew and Ogloff, James R. P. (2000). Full parole and the aboriginal experience: Accounting for the racial discrepancies in release rates. Canadian Journal of Criminology, 42(4), 469-491.
  • Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
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