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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.<p class=copymedium>These distinctive characteristics make CRIMINAL LAW: A CONTEMPORARY APPROACH both effective and engaging:<li class=copymedium>shorter length and with a rich and diverse mix of materials that promotes intellectual challenge without sacrificing accessibility<li class=copymedium>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<li class=copymedium>goes beyond the traditional focus on the judiciary to also examine the role of the legislature and the executive in defining offenses<li class=copymedium>clear, direct text introduces statutes, cases, and problems<li class=copymedium>the materials support a wide array of teaching techniques to address varied student learning styles<li class=copymedium>within each section, the authors introduce the basics and then the materials grow progressively more challenging<li class=copymedium>includes both modern and classic criminal cases<li class=copymedium>includes material on ethics and highlights criminal law perspectives<p class=copymedium>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:<li class=copymedium>support for a range of teaching options on each topic, such as problems, simulations, role plays, and the traditional question-and-answer approach<li class=copymedium>video suggestions<li class=copymedium>graphics that can be easily reproduced and customized<li class=copymedium>Recognition of the potential difficulty of teaching topics such as rape and domestic violence and detailed suggestions for teaching approaches to them<li class=copymedium>sample syllabi for three- and four-credit courses
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"I continue to be thrilled with [this] textbook... The text is truly 'contemporary' in that the cases and problems are drawn from recent, high-profile cases. This greatly enhances the pedagogical experience because students remember many of these cases from their own, pre-law school experiences... I love the statutory focus and the fact that the book includes representative statutes from virtually every state."
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