LAW230 - Criminal Code Offences

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Subject Title
Criminal Code Offences

Subject Description
The student of law enforcement is required to become familiar with the most commonly violated criminal offences contained in the Canadian Criminal Code. This subject aids the student in identifying the essential elements of these offences and to analyze them in accordance with criminal behaviour.

Credit Status
This is a Police Foundations program prescribed credit subject.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1.    Describe the elements of each criminal offence studied.
2.    Apply the meaning of words and phrases found in specific Criminal Code sections.
3.    Identify the elements of each offence in relation to a specific violation of the law.
4.    Interpret case law as it applies to the prosecution and defence of criminal behavior.
5.    Contrast case law and statute law.
6.    Recognize various criminal code offences in case scenarios.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

Introduction to Criminal Offences
Offences Against the Administration of Justice
  • Prima facie case
  • Elements of the Offence/Facts in Issue
  • Perjury; Obstruct Justice; Obstruct Peace Officer, etc.
Firearms Legislation
  • Definition of Weapon
  • Definition of Firearm
  • The nine categories of weapons/firearms classification
  • Firearms offences
Offences against the person
  • Definitions:  obscenity; public good; consent
  • Sexual Offences
  • Sexual Assault
Offences against the person
  • Assault
  • Abductions
  • Homicide
  • Criminal Harassment
  • Threatening
Offences against property
  • Theft, Robbery, Break and Enter; Mischief
  • Fraud, Theft, False Pretences, etc.
  • Definition:  Dwelling; Place

Mode of Instruction
This course will be taught using lectures, discussions, independent study, and group work.  The main mode of instruction will be lecture.

Prescribed Texts
Martin's Annual Criminal Code, 2018 Student Version, Greenspan, Edward L., Q.C., Rosenberg, The Honourable Justice Marc, Henein, Marie, LL.B., LL.M. ISBN: 9780779879571

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

  • Students with valid reasons why they cannot be present for a term test or examination or who cannot submit an assignment by the due date must notify their professor prior to the scheduled date or they will automatically receive an “F” grade for that particular test or assignment.
  • There will be no re-writes for failed tests or assignments.
  • The writing of missed tests and assignments will be at the discretion of your professor.
  • Late assignment penalties will be at the discretion of your professor. 
  • Students are expected to keep a record of their own marks from such evaluation modes.  Marks from progress tests, assignments, term tests and examinations should be recorded by each student, so that at any time, the student will have a good idea as to their academic progress.

20% - Research Assignment
40% - 2 Online Tests
40% - Final exam

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