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):

 

2259 - Sociology of Deviance SOC 1020 will be offered in 2018-2019

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.

 

Scheduled this year:

Term

Course Number

Instructor

Time & Location

Outline

Fall-Winter 2018-2019 2259-001
Class No 1641
Kim Ashby Tues 10:30-12:30pm; SSC 3022
Thurs 10:30-11:30am; SSC 3022
pdf outline
Fall-Winter 2018-2019 2259-200
Class No 2458
Lauren Barr Thurs 3:30-5:30pm; SSC 2028 pdf outline

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

2266A/B - An Introduction to Criminology SOC 1020 will be offered in 2018-2019

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

Fall 2018-2019 2266A-001
Class No 2459
Sean Waite M 9:30-12:30pm; TC 141 pdf outline
Fall 2018-2019 2266A-002
Class No 3907
Jennifer Reynolds W 1:30-4:30pm; SEB 1200 pdf outline
Winter 2018-2019 2266B-650
Class No 9572
Lisa Lyons Online
Summer 2018 2266A-650
Class No 1130
Lisa Lyons Online pdf outline

2267A/B - Youth in Conflict with the Law SOC 1020 will be offered in 2018-2019

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):

 

Scheduled this year:

Term

Course Number

Instructor

Time & Location

Outline

Fall 2018-2019 2267A-650
Class No 9571
Lisa Lyons Online pdf outline
Winter 2018-2019 2267B-001
Class No 3908
Jennifer Reynolds Wed 1:30-4:30pm; SEB 1059

3260A/B - Sociology of Law SOC 1020 will be offered in 2018-2019

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):

 

Scheduled this year:

Term

Course Number

Instructor

Time & Location

Outline

Fall 2018-2019 3260A-001
Class No 7659
Brenda Kobayashi F 9:30-12:30pm; SEB 1200 pdf outline
Winter 2018-2019 3260B-001
Class No 7660
Dale Ballucci Mon 9:30-12:30pm; UCC 56

3312A/B - Wrongfully Convicted SOC 1020 will be offered in 2018-2019

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

 

Scheduled this year:

Term

Course Number

Instructor

Time & Location

Outline

Fall 2018-2019 3312A-001
Class No 3909
Kim Ashby Tu 1:30-4:30pm; SSC 3006 pdf outline
Winter 2018-2019 3312B-001
Class No 9587
Kim Ashby Wed 10:30am-1:30pm; SSC 3010 pdf outline

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):
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 SOC 1020 will be offered in 2018-2019

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.

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

 

Scheduled this year:

Term

Course Number

Instructor

Time & Location

Outline

Fall 2018-2019 3358F-001
Class No 9589
Kim Ashby W 10:30am - 1:30pm; SSC 3010 pdf outline
Winter 2018-2019 3358G-001
Class No 3623
Kim Ashby Tu 1:30-4:30pm; UC 3220 pdf outline

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):

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 SOC 1020 will be offered in 2018-2019

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.

 

Scheduled this year:

Term

Course Number

Instructor

Time & Location

Outline

Fall 2018-2019 4437F-001
Class No 9591
Kim Ashby Th 1:30-4:30pm; SSC 5235 pdf outline
Winter 2018-2019 4437G-001
Class No 5632
Kim Ashby Thurs 1:30-4:30pm; SSC 5235 pdf outline

4442F/G - Serial Killers SOC 1020 will be offered in 2018-2019

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):

 

Scheduled this year:

Term

Course Number

Instructor

Time & Location

Outline

Fall 2018-2019 4442F-001
Class No 3911
Kim Ashby M 1:30-4:30pm; SSC 5230 pdf outline
Winter 2018-2019 4442G-001
Class No 3912
Kim Ashby M 1:30-4:30pm; SSC 5230 pdf outline

4451F/G - Policing and Society SOC 1020 will be offered in 2018-2019

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 Majors in Sociology.

 

Scheduled this year:

Term

Course Number

Instructor

Time & Location

Outline

Fall 2018-2019 4451F-001
Class No 10417
Laura Huey Wed 1:30-4:30pm; SSC 5406 pdf outline
Winter 2018-2019 4451G-001
Class No 6471
Laura Huey Wed 1:30-4:30pm; SSC 5406

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 SOC 1020 will be offered in 2018-2019

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 one of the Honors Specializations in Sociology or Criminology.

 

Scheduled this year:

Term

Course Number

Instructor

Time & Location

Outline

Winter 2018-2019 4455G-001
Class No 10416
Dale Ballucci Tues 9:30-12:30pm; SSC 5230