Western University SociologyFaculty of Social Science

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.

2253A/B - Administration of Criminal JusticeSOC 2253 offered in 2016-17

A sociological analysis of the criminal justice system in Canada (public involvement, police, courts, and correctional programs). The organization, structure and functioning of the criminal justice system are examined.
3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Antirequisite(s):
The former Sociology 253F/G.
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 2016-2017 2253A-001
Class No 4647
Laura Huey W 2:30-5:30; B&GS0165 pdf outline
Fall 2016-2017 2253A-002
Class No 4648
Brenda Kobayashi TH 2:30-5:30; SSC2024 pdf outline
Fall 2016-2017 2253A-650
Class No 4649
Lisa Lyons Online pdf outline
Winter 2016-2017 2253B-001
Class No 19486
Brenda Kobayashi Th 2:30-5:30 SEB2200 pdf outline
Winter 2016-2017 2253B-650
Class No 5483
Lisa Lyons Online pdf outline

2256A/B - Sociology of Corrections SOC 2256 offered in 2016-17

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.

 

Scheduled this year:

Term

Course Number

Instructor

Time & Location

Outline

Winter 2016-2017 2256B-001
Class No 4650
Elizabeth Torrens Tu 6:30-9:30 SSC2032 pdf outline

2259 - Sociology of DevianceSOC 2259 offered in 2016-17

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

Summer 2016-2017 2259-650
Class No 1133
Karen (Kim) Ashby (aka Luton) Online pdf outline
Fall-Winter 2016-2017 2259-001
Class No 1750
Karen (Kim) Ashby (aka Luton) Tu 3:30-5:30; SSC2028
Th 3:30-4:30; SSC2028
pdf outline
Fall-Winter 2016-2017 2259-200
Class No 2724
Lauren Barr M 3:30-5:30; 3M3250
(blended course - both online and in person)
pdf outline

2260A/B - Sociology of Law SOC 2260 offered in 2016-17

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

Antirequisite(s):
The former Sociology 260F/G.
Prerequisite(s):
1.0 from: Sociology 1020, 1021E, 1025A/B, 1026F/G, 1027A/B.

 

Scheduled this year:

Term

Course Number

Instructor

Time & Location

Outline

Winter 2016-2017 2260B-001
Class No 17963
Brenda Kobayashi Th 9:30-12:30; SSC2028 pdf outline

2266A/B - An Introduction to Criminology SOC 2266 offered in 2016-17

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 2016-2017 2266A-650
Class No 1113
Lisa Lyons Online pdf outline
Fall 2016-2017 2266A-001
Class No 2725
Jennifer Reynolds Tu 12:30-3:30; SSC2028 pdf outline
Fall 2016-2017 2266A-002
Class No 4651
Darlene Balandin M 10:30-12:30; B&GS0165
W 10:30-11:30; B&GS0165
pdf outline
Fall 2016-2017 2266A-003
Class No 4652
Brenda Kobayashi T 10:30-12:30; HSB236
TH 10:30-11:30; HSB236
pdf outline

2267A/B - Youth in Conflict with the Law SOC 2267 offered in 2016-17

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.

 

Scheduled this year:

Term

Course Number

Instructor

Time & Location

Outline

Summer 2016-2017 2267A-650
Class No 1125
Lisa Lyons Online pdf outline
Fall 2016-2017 2267A-650
Class No 19833
Lisa Lyons Online pdf outline
Winter 2016-2017 2267B-001
Class No 4653
Dale Ballucci Th 2:30-5:30pm; NCB113 pdf outline
Winter 2016-2017 2267B-002
Class No 4654
Karen (Kim) Ashby (aka Luton) T 10:30-12:30; SH 3355
Th 10:30-11:30; NCB 293
pdf outline

3312A/B - Wrongfully ConvictedSOC 3312 offered in 2016-17

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.

 

Scheduled this year:

Term

Course Number

Instructor

Time & Location

Outline

Summer 2016-2017 3312A-650
Class No 1408
Karen (Kim) Ashby (aka Luton) Online pdf outline
Fall 2016-2017 3312A-001
Class No 4655
Karen (Kim) Ashby (aka Luton) Th 12:30-3:30; SSC3014 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):
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 SOC 3358 offered in 2016-17

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.

 

Scheduled this year:

Term

Course Number

Instructor

Time & Location

Outline

Fall 2016-2017 3358F-001
Class No 17964
Karen (Kim) Ashby (aka Luton) W 1:30-4:30; SSC3006 pdf outline
Winter 2016-2017 3358G-001
Class No 4190
Karen (Kim) Ashby (aka Luton) Th 12:30-3:30; UCC37 pdf outline

4407F/G - Criminological Theory and Research SOC 4407 offered in 2016-17

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.

 

Scheduled this year:

Term

Course Number

Instructor

Time & Location

Outline

Winter 2016-2017 4407G-001
Class No 19647
Dale Ballucci F 9:30-12:30 SSC 5406 pdf outline

4432F/G - Forensics and Criminal Investigation SOC 4432 offered in 2016-17

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.

 

Scheduled this year:

Term

Course Number

Instructor

Time & Location

Outline

Winter 2016-2017 4432G-001
Class No 17970
Laura Huey W 2:30-5:30 SSC 5406 pdf outline

4437F/G - Advanced Sociology of Deviance: Mass Murderers SOC 4437 offered in 2016-17

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

Winter 2016-2017 4437G-001
Class No 17960
Karen (Kim) Ashby (aka Luton) W 9:30-12:30; SSC 5406 pdf outline

4442F/G - Serial Killers SOC 4442 offered in 2016-17

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.

 

Scheduled this year:

Term

Course Number

Instructor

Time & Location

Outline

Fall 2016-2017 4442F-001
Class No 4658
Karen (Kim) Ashby (aka Luton) M 1:30-4:30; SSC 5406 pdf outline
Winter 2016-2017 4442G-001
Class No 4659
Karen (Kim) Ashby (aka Luton) M 1:30-4:30; SSC 5406 pdf outline

4451F/G - Policing and Society SOC 4451 offered in 2016-17

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.

 

Scheduled this year:

Term

Course Number

Instructor

Time & Location

Outline

Fall 2016-2017 4451F-001
Class No 19650
Michael Courey M 12:30-3:30; NCB 114 pdf outline

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 4455 offered in 2016-17

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.

 

Scheduled this year:

Term

Course Number

Instructor

Time & Location

Outline

Fall 2016-2017 4455F-001
Class No 17969
Dale Ballucci W 9:30-12:30 SSC5427 pdf outline

4485F/G - Selected topics in Sociology: Terrorism SOC 4485 offered in 2016-17

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.

 

Scheduled this year:

Term

Course Number

Instructor

Time & Location

Outline

Winter 2016-2017 4485G-001
Class No 18911
Laura Huey Th 2:30-5:30 SSC3018 pdf outline