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Contemporary Criminal Law- Vantage Learning Platform

Contemporary Criminal Law- Vantage Learning Platform
Concepts, Cases, and Controversies

Sixth Edition

Criminal Law

January 2022 | SAGE Publications, Inc

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About Contemporary Criminal Law: Concepts, Cases, and Controversies, Sixth Edition

Providing a current view that prompts students to read and analyze, Contemporary Criminal Law: Concepts, Cases, and Controversies, Sixth Edition, by Matthew Lippman, combines the concepts taught in undergraduate criminal law courses with thought-provoking cases and engaging learning tools. 

The text uses real-life examples that students connect to and recognize to cover emerging legal topics including constitutional rights, consent, arson, identity theft, and hate crimes. Lippman clearly defines and explains criminal law and defenses and provides cases and discussion questions to stimulate critical thinking and in-class discussion. Every chapter includes cases, case notes, model penal code and discussion boxes, and learning tools. 

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Chapter 1. The Nature, Purpose, and Function of Criminal Law
Chapter 2. Constitutional Limitations
Chapter 3. Punishment and Sentencing
Chapter 4. Actus Reus
Chapter 5. Mens Rea, Concurrence, and Causation
Chapter 6. Parties to Crime and Vicarious Liability
Chapter 7. Attempt, Conspiracy, and Solicitation
Chapter 8. Justifications
Chapter 9. Excuses
Chapter 10. Homicide
Chapter 11. Criminal Sexual Conduct, Assault and Battery, Kidnapping, and False Imprisonment
Chapter 12. Burglary, Trespass, Arson, and Mischief
Chapter 13. Crimes Against Property
Chapter 14. White-Collar Crime
Chapter 15. Crimes Against Public Order and Morality
Chapter 16. Crimes Against the State


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  • All tables and figures from the textbook
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Easy to comprehend writing style. Thoroughly covers topics I need.

Professor Cheryl Brockman
Criminal Justice Dept, Sheridan College
October 20, 2023

I have been using this text for the past several years and the updated edition will enable consistency in my instruction.

Mr Dave Tellman
Administration of Justice, Sierra College
February 4, 2023

The course was taught by a different faculty member.

Professor Michael S Penrod
Social Sciences, Kirkwood Community College
January 27, 2023
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  • Key Terms: Appear in bold where they are substantially discussed for the first time and are compiled in a list with page numbers at the end of their respective chapters. Corresponding definitions can be found in the Glossary.
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