Criminal Law Literacy E-Learning Full Course: 8 Lessons


The Torinity Criminal Law Literacy E-Learning course was created to educate learners about criminal law and the criminal justice system. The prime objectives of the course is to help learners prevent, avoid, and defuse negative encounters with law enforcement. The course offers practical and realistic guidance regarding the criminal justice system. Additionally, several lessons within the program explain common crimes and the ease in which one can be drawn into criminal activity which in turn leads to being thrust into the criminal justice system—a situation for which many find it nearly impossible to extricate themselves from. 

The presentation also fosters reflection on the pitfalls of various culturally encouraged (or acquiesced) behaviors that can lead to investigation, arrest, trial, conviction and incarceration. The content of the Torinity Criminal Law Literacy E-Learning course is tailored to resonate especially with youth and young adults, ages 10 through 25 in underserved communities. This important content, however, is of interest to all citizens who are not well-versed or educated in the American criminal justice system.

The Torinity Criminal Law Literacy E-Learning course is a set of narrator video guided modules. Lessons within each module covers different subsections of the module main topic.  For instance, in the Crime and Punishment module, subtopics covered will include Levels of Laws (local, state, and national), Misdemeanors and Felonies, and the Criminal Justice System generally.  The lessons explain these subtopics and provide examples of components and concepts covered.  Within each lesson are interactive quizzes and activities that aid in the adoption, retention, and application of lesson objectives and goals.  Some quizzes and activities will require a passing percentage to advance to the next subtopic while other non-assessed activities serve the purpose of inciting reflection and introspection—which aid in evaluating potentially fraught situations caused by poor decision-making.

Below is an overview of the subjects covered for each module.  Each Module ranges between 45 to 60 minutes total for completion.


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Lesson 1: Crime and Punishment:

  • Provides an overview of what the criminal justice system is and what it is comprised of
  • Defines and explains what laws are, their purpose, and who makes them
  • Explains exactly what a crime is and what makes a person a criminal
  • Defines what misdemeanors and felonies are and contrasts the two
  • Explains the purposes of punishments administered by the criminal justice system and describes the different types of punishments given out

Lesson 2: Think and Care

  • Trains participants to anticipate and foresee the consequences of their actions, and to care about the harms they can cause
  • Explains how failure to think and care about one’s actions can cross into unlawful and punishable behavior
  • Explains the different states of mind that can make a person culpable for a crime
  • Teaches participants to consider and reflect on the best courses of action when presented with questionable or suspicious situations that may lead to negative interaction with the criminal justice system
  • Educates learners on the importance of empathy with regard to decision-making

Lesson 3: Property Crimes

  • Define and address the crimes of larceny, embezzlement, robbery and burglary.
  • Explain how one can be accused of shoplifting even if he had no intention of stealing.
  • Explore things participants can do to avoid becoming a victim of robbery and burglary.
  • Define and address the crimes of arson and vandalism.

Lesson 4: Crimes Involving Violence

  • Define and address the crimes of assault, battery, murder, and manslaughter
  • Explore the different mind states that make a person guilty of murder.
  • Explain the difference between murder and manslaughter.
  • Help participants recognize and identify what does and what does not constitute adequate provocation with regard to voluntary manslaughter.
  • Explain the different types of involuntary manslaughter.
  • Encourage participants to reflect on one’s personal responses and consequences towards the use of violence

Lesson 5: Incomplete Crimes

  • Define what inchoate crimes are
  • Help participants determine the dangers of agreeing to help or cooperate with people who engage in illegal activities
  • Encourage participants to anticipate consequences of engaging in certain criminal activities.
  • Explain the requirements for withdrawing from a conspiracy.
  • Encourage analysis and discussion of the fairness/unfairness of being responsible for another person’s crimes.

Lesson 6: Bullying

  • Demonstrate how certain acts of bullying may also be the crime(s) of assault and/or battery.
  • Identify ways in which use of digital means to bully others may lead to being charged with certain crimes
  • Discuss non-legal consequences of bullying and cyberbullying.
  • Provide strategies for combating

Lesson 7: Knowing and Asserting Your Rights

  • Describe the purpose of the Constitution of the United States
  • Summarize the rights protected by the Fourth Amendment
  • Define the right against self- incrimination
  • Instruct participants on examining a search warrant
  • Explain the importance of Miranda rights
  • Recount and recite Miranda Rights
  • Demonstrate how to determine whether you’re being detained or arrested
  • Help participants recognize WHEN to invoke their right to remain silent
  • Demonstrate to participants HOW to invoke their right to remain silent
  • Explain the difference between an arrest warrant and a search warrant
  • Demonstrate the proper way to refuse a search of your property
  • Help participants recognize police interrogation techniques
  • Describe proper behavior when encountering law enforcement
  • Explain the three types of police encounters
  • Describe proper ways to handle verbal assaults by law enforcement
  • Describe proper ways to handle physical assaults by law enforcement
  • Explain how to address police misconduct

Lesson 8: Drug Crimes

  • Define what a drug is and what it does
  • Compare and contrast legal versus illegal drugs
  • Discuss why the government prohibits completely from being distributed and used
  • Foster reflection on the personal (non-legal) consequences of illegal drug use
  • Encourage participants to recognize the legal consequences of illegal drug possession and use
  • Identify the different ways that marijuana is treated in different states as well as how it is treated by the federal government
  • Identify the dangers of prescription drug misuse
  • Help participants recognize dangers of alcohol use