LWE 226 - Michigan Criminal Law

Course Description

The study of substantive criminal law as a means of defining and preserving social order. Sources of criminal law; classification of crimes against persons, property and public welfare; principles of criminal liability; elements necessary to establish crime and criminal intent; specific crimes and defenses; and constitutional limitations are examined. Students must be registered with LWE coordinator prior to class enrollment. Group 2 course.

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Required Prerequisites

Must be approved by MCOLES and registered with the Director of the Police Academy prior to enrollment.

General Education Outcomes supported by this course

Critical Thinking - Direct

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the theories of substantive criminal law.
  • Students will identify the elements of Michigan Criminal Laws and its application.
  • Articulate case laws and the impact on enforcement of Michigan Laws.
  • Compare and contrast Michigan Law with Federal Law governing the same issues.
  • Critique landmark case decisions and assess the impact on laws today.
  • Evaluate the elements of an offense against the facts of a situation to determine if any crimes have been committed.
Human Dimension:
  • Describe the personal and societal impacts of the discretion they use in the field as a police officer.
  • Articulate how applying the relevant law appropriately will obtain the best outcome for all involved.
  • See him/herself as an officer.
Caring - Civic Learning:
  • Describe the ethical considerations in enforcing Michigan Criminal Law.
  • Articulate how to work with victims and/or family members of individuals that commit crimes.
Learning How to Learn:
  • Identify the best learning modality.
  • Critique real-life situations based on course concepts.