« on: November 09, 2008, 05:57:45 PM »
I'm pretty sure what to expect on my exams in most of my classes. Not so much in Crim though. There are no practice exams available for this teacher, and the way crim is taught in general makes me more confused than I am in other classes. The reason for this is in most classes we begin by dividing into topics of that course (for example, in Torts we start with Battery, then move to assault, etc). Crim is weird in that it starts with 'justifications of punishment', where we learn about theories of why punishment exists. Then we go into the idea of actus rea, then mens rea, then mistake of fact/law, etc. It took more than half of the class to get to homicide (the first what I consider 'real' crim topic). From what I hear most crim law classes are taught that way.
So what the heck are we gonna be tested on? Will there be questions about justifications of punishment? What about mistakes of law/fact? How do we get tested on actus and mens rea? Also my prof has a huge emphasis on statutes (usually she will put one on the board and have us answer questions based on the statute). Is it common for statutues to be provided on an exam?