Criminal Law: A Contemporary Approach / Edition 1

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Overview

This refreshing new alternative for the first-year Criminal Law course is a lively coursebook that blends text, statutes, cases, and problems in a presentation that is user-friendly for both students and instructors.

These distinctive characteristics make CRIMINAL LAW: A CONTEMPORARY APPROACH both effective and engaging:
• shorter length and with a rich and diverse mix of materials that promotes intellectual challenge without sacrificing accessibility
• the authors treat criminal law as an introduction to both statutes and cases and emphasize statutes as a primary source, with explicit treatment of statutory drafting and interpretation issues
• goes beyond the traditional focus on the judiciary to also examine the role of the legislature and the executive in defining offenses
• clear, direct text introduces statutes, cases, and problems
• the materials support a wide array of teaching techniques to address varied student learning styles
• within each section, the authors introduce the basics and then the materials grow progressively more challenging
• includes both modern and classic criminal cases
• includes material on ethics and highlights criminal law perspectives

The casebook is part of a comprehensive teaching package that includes a videotape discussion of one of the homicide cases in the book, PowerPoint slides, and an extensive Teacher's Manual featuring:
• support for a range of teaching options on each topic, such as problems, simulations, role plays, and the traditional question-and-answer approach
• video suggestions
• graphics that can be easily reproduced and customized
• Recognition of the potential difficulty of teaching topics such as rape and domestic violence and detailed suggestions for teaching approaches to them
• sample syllabi for three- and four-credit courses

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735539655
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Series: Casebook Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1056
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Summary of Contents

• Overview
• Punishment
• Making Criminal Law
• Conduct
• Mental States
• Homicide
• Causation
• Justifications and Excuses
• Rape
• Attempt
• Complicity
• Conspiracy
• Theft
• Boundaries of the Criminal Law

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