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Criminology

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Criminology is the study of the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of crime and criminal behaviour in society.  The nature of the criminal justice system, and the experiences of those involved in it – including offenders, victims, police officers and others – are also of interest.

The following is a list of courses, offered by The Department of Sociology, which students can take to broden their knowledge and perspective in the field.

2256A/B - Sociology of Corrections

This course is an examination of the evolution of corrections and punishment (penology). It will include the historical development, organization and administration of correctional institutions, as well as the development of various models of punishment (deterrence, rehabilitation, retribution, incapacitation).
3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 2253A/B.

 

2259 - Sociology of Deviance

Basic approaches to the study of deviant behavior with special emphasis on problems in concept formation, measurement and theory construction.
3 lecture hours, 1.0 course.

Prerequisite(s):
1.0 from Sociology 1020, 1021E, 1025A/B, 1026F/G, 1027A/B.

 

2260A/B - Sociology of Law is now 3260A/B

2266A/B - An Introduction to Criminology SOC 2266A offered online in Summer 2017

The sociological aspects of crime in Canada. The measurement patterns, causes and social explanations of criminal behavior will be examined.
3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Prerequisite(s):
1.0 from: Sociology 1020, 1021E, 1025A/B, 1026F/G, 1027A/B.

 

Scheduled this year:

Term

Course Number

Instructor

Time & Location

Outline

Summer 2017-2018 2266A-650
Class No 1010
Lisa Lyons Online pdf outline

2267A/B - Youth in Conflict with the Law 

This course will review sociological perspectives on youth criminal offending and on the legal and moral regulation of youth. Canadian social policies with respect to the criminal behaviour of young persons will also be examined.
3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 2266A/B.

 

3260A/B - Sociology of Law

An analysis of the legal institutions and processes in contemporary society.
3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Antirequisite(s):
The former Sociology 2260A/B.
Prerequisite(s):
1.0 from: Sociology 1020, 1021E, 1025A/B, 1026F/G, 1027A/B.

 

3312A/B - Wrongfully Convicted

The course critically explores the phenomenon of wrongful convictions with an emphasis on systemic bias and the intersection of race, gender, class, age, and mental disability; causes of wrongful convictions – eyewitness testimony, informants, expert testimony; forensic evidence; tunnel vision, interrogation techniques; and biases of police, prosecution, and the judiciary.
3 lecture hours, 0.5 course

Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 2253A/B, and enrollment in third or fourth year of one of the Honors Specializations or Honors Double Majors in the Department of Sociology.

 

3323F/G - Sociology of Genocide

Using the Holocaust, the Armenian genocide, Rwanda and/or Bosnia as templates we employ a multidisciplinary approach –drawing from criminological, cultural, social-psychological and other approaches – to explore the crime of genocide. Our goal is to understand the factors that lead individuals and groups to participate in mass killings.
3 seminar hours, 0.5 course.

Antirequisite(s):
History 3427E.
Prerequisite(s):
Restricted to Year 3 and Year 4 Honors Specialization in Sociology or Criminology on main Campus.

3357F/G - Crime and Deviance in the Workplace

This course will survey the empirical research and theoretical issues surrounding occupational and organizational crime and deviance in private and public organizations. What constitutes crime at work is a contested category and attention will be focused on the role power plays in the definition and prosecution of crime.
3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Prerequisite(s):
Third or fourth year standing in any module in the Department of Sociology.

 

3358F/G - Women and Crime

The objective of this course is to provide an overview of women’s criminality. Throughout this course we will examine how the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, and class inequality create and perpetuate crime. Specific emphasis will be given to feminist criminological theories.
3 hours, 0.5 course.

Antirequisite(s):
The former Sociology 2257A/B. [note: Women and Crime was formerly taught as Soc 2257]
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 2266A/B, and enrollment in third or fourth year of one of the Honors Specializations or Majors in Sociology.

 

4407F/G - Criminological Theory and Research

This seminar will review and discuss major criminological theories and related empirical research. The course will examine empirical patterns associated with crime, violence and deviance; as well as the sociology of the criminal justice system.
3 seminar hours, 0.5 course.

Antirequisite(s):
Sociology 4486 taught in 2010, Sociology 4409F/G.
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 2253A/B, Sociology 2266A/B, and enrollment in fourth year of one of the Honors Specializations or Honors Double Majors in Sociology and Criminology.

 

4432F/G - Forensics and Criminal Investigation

This course is intended to offer students an overview of various elements of the criminal investigation process, from police detective work to forensic science processes. We will use a sociological perspective to examine such topics as: homicide investigation, cold case files, police investigative techniques, and fingerprinting and DNA processes.
3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 2253A/B and enrolment in fourth year of one of the Honors Specializations or Honors Double Majors in Sociology.

 

4437F/G - Advanced Sociology of Deviance: Mass Murderers

Current theory and research in the Sociology of Deviance.
3 seminar hours, 0.5 course.

Prerequisite(s):
Enrolment in fourth year of one of the Honors Specializations or Honors Double Major in Sociology.

 

4442F/G - Serial Killers

This course will critically examine the social construction of serial murder. Its goal is to synthesize historical and contemporary analyses of serial murder, assess the impact of the media on public perceptions of serial killing, and extend our understanding of the etiology of serial murder in contemporary society.
3 seminar hours, 0.5 course

Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 2253A/B, 2266A/B, and enrolment in fourth year of one of the Honors Specializations or Honors Double Majors in Sociology.

 

4451F/G - Policing and Society

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the sociology of policing through descriptive, empirical, and theoretical research. It offers a balanced overview of who the police are, what they do, and their interactions with different social institutions and groups. Special attention is given to problems and controversies related to policing.
3 seminar hours, 0.5 course.

Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 2253A/B and enrolment in fourth year of one of the Honors Specializations or Honors Double Major in Sociology.

 

4452F/G - The Social Construction of Sexual Deviance

This course will explore the social construction of various forms of sexual deviance from sociological, criminological, historical,cultural, raced, classed, gendered and queer frameworks. The course will examine theoretical conceptions of normalcy versus deviance and move into discussions about both legal and illegal forms of sexual deviance.
3 seminar hours, 0.5 course.

Antirequisite(s):
Sociology 4485F taught in 2011
Prerequisite(s):
Enrolment in fourth year of the Honors Specialization in Criminology.

4455F/G - Theoretical Perspectives on the Sociology of Law

This course examines law as a social institution; as a product of social organizations and processes. Various theoretical frameworks with different explanations of how the law operates will be examined. Topics to be analyzed include law and social control, violence against women, and factors influencing the outcome of legal decisions.
3 seminar hours, 0.5 course.

Prerequisite(s):

Enrolment in fourth year of Honors Specialization in Sociology or Criminology.

 

4485F/G - Selected topics in Sociology: Terrorism

Half-term course dealing with selected topics in Sociology. Topic and course description will be available at time of registration.
3 seminar hours, 0.5 course.

Prerequisite(s):
Enrolment in fourth year of one of the Honors Specializations or Honors Double Major in Sociology.