In this course, students will explore the basic concepts of criminal law and its ideologies and theories, while focusing on a study of what constitutes particular crimes, both in the common law and by statute, including certain defenses. Students will also explore the historical development of criminal law and its contemporary application. Students will gain an understanding of the examination of a crime with a detailed study of the evidence and procedures involved in investigating a crime. Students will also explore the laws of arrest (including use of force), search and seizure, with an emphasis on the constitutional basis. This course will help students develop a deeper ability to discern what constitutes fair administration of justice: dealing fairly with the accused while continuing to uphold the interest of both victims and society at large.