Criminology

2303 Introduction to Criminology
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: SOCI 1210

This course introduces students to contemporary issues, problems and themes pertinent to the field of Criminology in Canada.


3010 Classical Theory [SOCI 3010]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: SOCI 1210

This course introduces students to the major themes of classical Sociological and Criminological theory. Students will examine key debates from the 18th and 19th century which have influenced contemporary Sociological and Criminological Theory.

Note: Students may not receive credit for CRIM 3010 if they have already received credit for CRIM 2300 or SOCI 2362.


3011 Contemporary Criminological Theory
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CRIM/SOCI 3010.

This course introduces students to the major themes of contemporary criminological theory including the influence of class, gender, race, media and politics in the definition, explanation, and regulation of crime and criminal behaviour.

Note: Students may not receive credit for CRIM 3011 if they have already received credit for CRIM 2301.


3100 Qualitative Research Methods [SOCI 3100]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: SOCI 1210

This course introduces students to sociological and criminological research that uses qualitative methods. The course will examine qualitative methodology, research strategies, designs and methods of qualitative data collection and analysis, including the contributions of feminist scholarship. Students will also learn different ways of interpreting qualitative data. Approaches covered in this class may include grounded theory, participatory action research, historical and textual methods, and participant-observation/ethnography, among others.

Class 3 hrs and Lab 75 min/week.

Note: Students may not receive credit for CRIM 3100 if they have already received credit for CRIM 2302 or SOCI 2365.


3102 Quantitative Research Methods [SOCI 3102]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite:  SOCI 1210

This course introduces students to quantitative methodology, research strategies, designs, methods of quantitative data collection and statistical analysis. A key feature of this class will involve interpreting and critiquing statistical data, which is a major source of information for sociologists and criminologists. 

Class 3 hrs and Lab 75 min/week

Note: Students may not receive credit for CRIM 3100 if they have already received credit for CRIM 2302 or SOCI 2365.


3205 Restorative Justice in Theory
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: SOCI 1210;CRIM 2303; CRIM 3304.

Restorative justice defines crime as a violation of social or interpersonal relationships, rather than a violation of an official rule or regulation.  Students examine how restorative justice offers a wholesale shift in thinking about wrongdoing challenging the common belief that justice is best achieved through punishment and retribution.


3220 Race, Racism and Colonialism [SOCI 3220]
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: SOCI 1210

Students in this course will critically examine the history, social production, and ongoing impacts of race, racism and colonialism.


3304 Canadian Criminal Justice System
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: SOCI 1210

Students examine the process of the criminal justice system in Canada. The roles, powers, and discretion of the police, the courts, and the correctional system are examined.


3505 Prisons and Punishment [SOCI 3505]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: SOCI 1210

Drawing upon literature from the sociology of punishment, this course situates Western penal regimes within historically-specific economic, socio-political, and cultural frameworks. The emergence and re-emergence of a broad range of practices for punishing and regulating ‘problem populations’ will be a central theme for the course.


3507 Policing and Society [CRIM 3507]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: SOCI 1210

In this course students will explore issues related to the policing of modern societies. Topics will include the exercise of police powers and discretion, police misconduct, and policing in a multicultural society. 


3508 Corporate Crime [SOCI 3508]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: SOCI 1210

Students in this course will examine and analyze the nature, scope and impact of corporate crime, the principal organizational, social, political, and economic factors in the definition and commission of such crimes, and the ways in which governments and legal systems respond to the problems.


3509 Victims and Criminal Justice [SOCI 3509]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: SOCI 1210

In criminal justice systems, the role of the victim has expanded considerably. It is not clear if these developments have resulted in better treatment of victims or more justice in broader ways. To explore these issues students will learn about the historic roots of “victimology”, and critical theoretical perspectives on the social construction of victims and their needs and rights.


3510 Criminal Law [SOCI 3510]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: SOCI 1210

This course is designed to familiarize students with Canadian criminal law. The course will focus on topics such as the history, nature and functions of criminal law, its elements and role in a democratic society, exemptions from criminal responsibility, its principles and procedures, and its administration and enforcement.


3511 Youth Crime and Moral Panics [SOCI 3511]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: SOCI 1210

This course takes a historical/comparative approach to the study of youth crime in Canada. It examines changing definitions and perceptions of youth crime, contemporary crime patterns, correlates and their explanations. The course emphasizes a critical approach to understanding youth crime statistics and their changes over the last 100 years. The overall objective of the course is to develop in students a critical appreciation of moral panics about youth crime.


3518 State, Crime, and Power in Developing Countries [SOCI 3518]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite:  SOCI 1210

This course is an interdisciplinary exercise designed for students in Criminology, International Development Studies, Political Science, and Sociology.  Students will: (a) learn about the colonial origins of crime in Latin America; (b) be introduced to the basics of Latin American criminological thinking such as Liberation Criminology; (c) explore the various dimensions of criminal activity (street, organized, state and corporate) in developing countries; and (d) study the detrimental effects of crime, corruption and abuse of power on the societies of the South.


3519 Terrorism: Perspective and Policy [SOCI 3519]
3 credit hours
Prerequisites:  SOCI 1210

This course is a comprehensive examination of how terrorism movements have comparatively developed.  This includes an analysis of methods, typical motivations, and outcomes.  Academic studies on terrorism and counter-terrorism are contrasted with responses to terrorism.


3526 Organized Crime [SOCI 3526]
Prerequisite: SOCI 1210
3 credit hours

This course provides an introduction to the subject of organized crime and its control in North America.  The course applies sociological, criminological, and economic theory to understand the rise and proliferation of criminal organizations and organized crime activities.  It also explores dominant organized crime genres, activities, and recent trends.  The course also explores strategies and laws to combat organized crime.


3546 Crime and the Media [SOCI 3546]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: SOCI 1210

This course focuses on the depiction of crime in various media of mass communication. Areas of study include corporate crime, violent crime, gangs, organized crime and terrorism. This course also examines how gender, race and class are related to the way crime is depicted in the mass media.


 

3800 – 3825 Special Topics in Criminology [SOCI 3800 – 3825]
6 credit hours
Prerequisites: SOCI 1210

These courses are designed to enable a student to examine particular criminological issues in detail. They will be offered according to faculty availability and expertise.


3826 – 3849 Special Topics in Criminology [SOCI 3826 – 3849]
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: SOCI 1210

These courses are designed to enable a student to examine particular criminological issues in detail. They will be offered according to faculty availability and expertise.


4205 Restorative Justice Practicum
3 credit hours
Prerequisite:  permission of the instructor

Students receive training in the practice of restorative justice by a local agency.  Students participate in restorative justice sessions or work on a practical project leading to the development of restorative justice programs in the province.  The course is a service learning course and students will be reflecting on their experiences of restorative justice based on the theory of the practice.

NOTE: Students must be available to participate in restorative justice training in the fall semester, prior to registering for the course. Contact instructor for details.


4210 Forced Migration and Refugees [SOCI 4210]
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: SOCI/CRIM 3010, SOCI/CRIM 3100, SOCI/CRIM 3102 and either SOCI 3012 or CRIM 3011

This course will critically examine the key determinants, processes, and consequences of internal displacement and forced migration across borders through the analysis of case studies from around the world. Topics in the course will include, selectively, contemporary refugee issues, gender violence in conflict zones, resettlement, repatriation, refugees and development, asylum-seekers, and the Canadian and UN refugee protection systems and various international conventions.


4303 Canadian Penal Policy, Practices, and Research
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: SOCI/CRIM 3010, SOCI/CRIM 3100, SOCI/CRIM 3102 and either SOCI 3012 or CRIM 3011

Through critical socio-legal inquiry, this course examines the effects of progressive and oppressive practices characterizing the administration of contemporary Canadian prisons.  Progressive initiatives may include prisoners’ rights, the rule of law, the Gladue decision, and harm reduction initiatives.  Repressive control strategies may include risk management discourse and treatment regimes, Dangerous Offender designations, Aboriginal and gender-specific programmes, involuntary transfers, and solitary confinement.


4404 Critical Criminology
3 credit hours
Prerequisites:  Completion of the courses in Criminology core and permission of the instructor.

Critical criminology challenges the dominant paradigms of crime-control, adopting instead a social justice approach to crime.  Students will explore central themes of critical criminology including power; the social construction of crime; governance and regulation; the politicization of crime control; and, the significance of gender, race and class.


4420 Genocide [SOCI 4420]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: SOCI/CRIM 3010, SOCI/CRIM 3100, SOCI/CRIM 3102 and either SOCI 3012 or CRIM 3011.

Genocide as a sociological and criminological phenomenon prevalent through history is examined.  Different types of genocide are identified, as well as the many challenges in responding to it.


4421 War as Crime [SOCI 4421]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: SOCI/CRIM 3010, SOCI/CRIM 3100, SOCI/CRIM 3102 and either SOCI 3012 or CRIM 3011

The 20th century has seen two world wars and numerous other conflicts.  The so-called ‘Cold War’ turned hot in many parts of the developing world and cost the lives of tens of millions and maimed countless others.  With the new millennium, novel forms of warfare and military technologies have been introduced which again largely victimize the societies of the ‘Global South’.  Students will analyze the criminal dimensions and true costs of military conflict.


4432 Gender and Law [SOCI 4432, WMST 4432]
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: SOCI/CRIM 3010, SOCI/CRIM 3100, SOCI/CRIM 3102 and either SOCI 3012 or CRIM 3011

Students will examine how the social construction of femininity and masculinity intersect with other forms of identity and power to shape law. The course will include investigation of the creation, interpretation and enforcement of law. 


4501 Advanced Theory [SOCI 4501]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: enrolment in honours program.

Presentation of various topics of interest to advanced criminology and sociology students. Attention is given to the critical theoretical accomplishments of various writers, including feminist scholars. From time to time, depending on student interest and faculty availability, this course will consider particular theorists and such matters as constructing social theories, traditions of theoretical writing, and new directions and problems in the field.


4502 Advanced Research Methods [SOCI 4502]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: enrolment in honours program.

This course will examine a wide range of quantitative and qualitative research methods and techniques used in criminological research. This course will emphasize the strengths and weaknesses, selection and application of various methodological techniques in conducting criminological research. These will include the application of statistical, experimental, and quasi-experimental techniques as well as the use of field research, interview techniques, historical and documentary analysis.


4512 Issues in Juvenile Justice [SOCI 4512]
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: SOCI/CRIM 3010, SOCI/CRIM 3100, SOCI/CRIM 3102 and either SOCI 3012 or CRIM 3011, and CRIM/SOCI 3512.

This course explores contemporary issues associated with the concept, philosophy and practice of juvenile justice.  Students will examine children and youth as theoretical constructs in the context of the discourse surrounding children’s rights and governance of the young.  The course aims to develop students’ critical understanding of the politics and philosophy of youth justice in postmodern society.


4515 Drugs and Power in Latin America [SOCI 4515]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: SOCI/CRIM 3010, SOCI/CRIM 3100, SOCI/CRIM 3102 and either SOCI 3012 or CRIM 3011

Students in this course will become familiar with the complexity of Latin American Organized Crime.  We will examine the historical and cultural dimensions of the drug trade, the evolution and role of specific criminal groups, as well as the drug war in the Americas.


4600 Honours Thesis Research Preparation [SOCI 4600]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: enrolment in honours program.

This course is restricted to students who have been accepted into the honours program. Its purpose is to aid students in the preparation of their honours thesis through workshops related to proposals, research and writing.  


4601 Honours Thesis Writing [SOCI 4601]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Completion of SOCI/CRIM 4600.

Students will work closely with their supervisor to complete their thesis. To obtain an honours degree in sociology and criminology, the student must earn a grade of B+ (3.30) in CRIM 4601.


4610 Practicum in Community Development [SOCI 4610]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: SOCI/CRIM 3610 Practicum in Social Development

Students will tutor youth from a socially disadvantaged neighborhood and research and prepare a development plan for that community.  A theoretical framework and training for this field work is provided by in-class and online lectures and readings.


4800 – 4825 Special Topics in Criminology
6 credit hours
Prerequisite: CRIM/SOCI 3010, SOCI/CRIM 3100, SOCI/CRIM 3102 and either SOCI 3012 or CRIM 3011

These seminar courses are designed to provide seminars pertaining to particular interests of faculty and students in Criminology.


 

4826 – 4849 Special Topics in Criminology
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CRIM/SOCI 3010, SOCI/CRIM 3100, SOCI/CRIM 3102 and either SOCI 3012 or CRIM 3011

These seminar courses are designed to provide seminars pertaining to particular interests of faculty and students in Criminology.