Class activities

 

 

September 12

 

What is crime?

Why do we define certain behavior as criminal?

Where does crime come from?

Who commits more crimes? What age group? Males or females?

Why does it occur?

Is it truly a problem?

Analyze the crime scene in the cartoon. Who commits the crime/s? What is the role of the community (neighbors) in crime control? What is the role of the government?

 

September 19

 

Criminology views

Trading places

 

 

 

 

1)      What criminology view does Randolph Duke adhere to?

2)      What indications are given in the film about Randolph Duke’s criminology view?

3)      What criminology view does Mortimer Duke adhere to?

4)      What indications are given in the film about Mortimer Duke’s criminology view?

 

The Trip

 

What criminology view transpires in the police officer’s questions?

 

Legally Blonde

 

 

 

 

What criminology view transpires in the Elle Wood’s comments?

 

 

Simpsons: Hurricane Neddy

 

 

 

 

What criminology view best explains the Leftorium crimes?

 

 

Killer Blames Child Porn

 

What criminology view transpires in Michael Briere’s explanation of his criminal acts?

 

New York sex offenders getting free Viagra

 

What criminology view transpires in New York Senator Charles Schumer`s comments about sex offenders?

 

Attacked

 

What criminology view transpires in Mulcahy’s mother, Merritt Morris, comments about the person that attacked her child?

 

 

 

 

 

September 26

 

Actus reus

 

Think of a scenario where a crime is committed. Another group will analyze your scenario.

 

 

 

  

    1.Seinfeld: Cleaning Lady

    Is there sexual assault?

    2. Tom and Jerry

    What is the actus reus?

    3. Wonder Years

    What is the actus reus?

    4. Scooby Doo?

    What is the actus reus?

    Can Shaggy allege Multiple Personality Disorder?

    5.Beavis and Butthead?

    What is the actus reus? Is there an actus reus of massacre?

    6.Dawson’s Creek

    What is the actus reus? Does Jen commit the actus reus of homicide when she doesn’t help Abby?

    7.Seinfeld: Fungicide

    What is the actus reus?

    8.Seinfeld: Baseball camp

    What is the actus reus?

    9.Columbo

    What is the actus reus? What is the relevant conduct?

    10. Seinfeld: Assman

    What is the actus reus?

    11. Seinfeld: Fusilli Jerry

    What is the actus reus?

    12. Friends: The mugging

    What is the actus reus?

    13. Friends:The one where Monica sings

    What is the actus reus?

    14. Beverly Hills 90210

    What is the actus reus?

     

    Some definitions of crime

     

    THEFT

     

    Every one commits theft who fraudulently takes anything, whether animate or inanimate, with intent (a) to deprive, temporarily or absolutely, the owner of it,[…], of the thing or of his property or interest in it.

     

    SEXUAL ASSAULT

    A person commits a sexual assault when without the consent of another person he or she conducts any form of sexual activity on that other person.

    No consent is obtained where the victim submits […] by reason of authority or by abusing a position of trust, power or authority.

     

    EXPOSURE

    174. (1) Every one who, without lawful excuse, (a) is nude in a public place, or (b) is nude and exposed to public view while on private property, whether or not the property is his own, is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction. (2) For the purposes of this section, a person is nude who is so clad as to offend against public decency or order.

    BREAKING AND ENTERING WITH INTENT

    Every one who (a) breaks and enters a place with intent to commit an indictable offence therein, (b) breaks and enters a place and commits an indictable offence therein is guilty of an offense.

    ASSAULT

    A person commits an assault when without the consent of another person he or she applies force intentionally to that other person, directly or indirectly.

     

    MISCHIEF

     

    Every one commits mischief who willfully or recklessly destroys or damages property.

     

     

     

    KIDNAPPING

     

    Every person commits an offence who kidnaps a person with intent to cause the person to be confined or imprisoned against the person’s will.

     

    HOMICIDE

     

    The causing of death of another human being.

     

    Sexual Assault

     

    No definition of sexual. Objective test: viewed in the light of all the circumstances, is the sexual nature or carnal context of the assault visible to a reasonable observer?

    Consent is defined as a voluntary agreement of the complainant to engage in the sexual activity in question." Consent that is obtained through pressure, coercion, force, or threats of force is not voluntary consent.

    Under Canadian law, consent is deemed not to be obtained if:

    "the agreement is expressed by the words or conduct of a person other than the complainant", or

    "the complainant is incapable of consenting to the activity, i.e. blacked out, impaired by alcohol or narcotics, unconscious, sleeping", or

    "the accused induces the complainant to engage in the activity by abusing a position of trust, power, or authority", or

    "the complainant expresses, by words or conduct, a lack of agreement to engage in the activity", or

    "the complainant, having consented to engage in sexual activity, expresses, by words or conduct, a lack of agreement to continue to engage in the activity."

     

     

    October 3

     

    Victims

     

    Prepare a list of rights of victims of crimes in Nova Scotia to be called Victim’s Bill of Rights.

     

     

    The Accused

     

    1. What crime was committed? What happened?

    2. What are the consequences of the crime for Sarah? What is Sarah’s boyfriend’s reaction?

    3. Is the medical examination to collect evidence really necessary?

    4. Is Sarah informed about the Criminal Justice stages? Does she have the opportunity to be part of the bail hearing? Should the Criminal Justice system provide Sarah with support?

    5. Is the prosecutor sensitive to Sarah’s feelings? Do you agree with the way she questioned Sarah? Is her prior record relevant? Should it be protected?

    6. Why do the media and the prosecutor believe Sarah would not make a strong witness? Should this matter?

    7. How does the Criminal Justice system treat Sarah? Do you think that the Criminal Justice system victimized Sarah again?

    8.What is your opinion of the plea bargain? Was it fair? Should Sarah have been given the chance to have a say in the plea bargain? Did the prosecutor sell Sarah out?

    9. Did Sarah have a chance to express her feelings within the formal criminal trial process? Is this relevant?

     

    October 10

    Mens rea

     

     

     

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