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The Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies is a research and teaching unit at the University of Toronto. Founded in 1963 by Professor John Edwards, the Centre’s faculty and students study crime, order and security from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and theoretical approaches. The Centre recently celebrated 50 years of Criminology at the University of Toronto.
With backgrounds in sociology, history, law, psychology, philosophy and political science, the faculty are actively engaged in Canadian and international criminological research. The Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies offers a graduate program for masters and doctoral students. The Centre also administers the undergraduate Criminology and Sociolegal Studies Program at Woodsworth College.
The Centre’s library (the Criminology Information Service) houses the leading Canadian research collection of criminological material, consisting of more than 25, 000 books, journals, government reports, statistics and other documents.
- Jim Phillips is the recipient of the 2013 David Walter Mundell Medal.Recognizing Exceptional Legal Writing, the Mundell Medal honours those who have made a distinguished contribution to law and letters. It celebrates great legal writing and recognizes that the artful use of language in the right style has the power to give life to ideas. Read the News Release.
- Professor Matt Light has done field research both in southern Russia and in neighbouring Georgia. In these interviews with journalist Steve Paikin of “The Agenda” on Ontario Public Television, Prof. Light assesses the reasons for, risks to, and consequences of the 2014 winter Olympics in Sochi. View the recent panel discussion or listen to an interview from a few years ago for more information.
- UofT News has published an article on the sex trade panel After Bedford v. Canada: What next for regulating sex work in Canada? that the Centre’s Mariana Valverde and Adiel Weaver helped to organize last month. Read the article or the transcript of the panel discussion.
- Is there evidence concerning the effects on crime of having police in schools?
- Why do people confess to crimes they didn’t do even when they experience no physical threats?
- How can racial profiling of Blacks increase crime?
- Do ordinary citizens want harsh sentences to be imposed on offenders in cases they know well?
Speaker Series & Events
Talks by Leonid Kosals, Anton Symkhovych, and perhaps others will be scheduled
Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
Thursday April 3, 2014 12:30-2:00pm
Room 265, Ericson Seminar Room
Department of Sociology, Syracuse University
Slow Disaster and the Digital Edge
Monday March 24, 2014 8:00pm
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
12 Alexander Street