Fall 2016 Timetable

Winter 2017 Timetable

Required Course

  • CRI 2010H – Methodological Issues in Criminology

Courses not offered 2016-2017

  • CRI 1020H – Law and Society: Theoretical Perspectives
  • CRI 1050H – Theories of Crime & Social Order
  • CRI 3010H – Crime, Criminalization and Victimization
  • CRI 3120H – Politics and Crime
  • CRI 3150H – Crime, Law and the State in Early Modern England 1650-1850
  • CRI 3160H – Criminal Justice History in Canada
  • CRI3240H – Penology
  • CRI 3256H – Law, Space & Regulation
  • CRI3270H – The Psychology of Criminal Behaviour
  • CRI 3320H – The Criminal Process
  • CRI3356H – Youth Crime and Youth Jujstice
  • CRI 3357H – Risk, Uncertainty and Criminal Justice


With the exception of the Research Paper for M.A. students, all courses are half courses.

Due to space limitations, Criminology graduate students will be given priority in graduate course enrollment; students in other programs must receive written permission from the instructor before enrolling in any of the Centre’s graduate courses.


Course Outlines for 2016-2017

Methodological Issues in Criminology – CRI 2010H

  • Professor R. Gartner
  • There are two sets of skills that can be taught in a course like this. The first set has to do with evaluating criminological research that you read. Assessing the importance of a piece of research requires you to be able to identify important limitations in the manner in which the work was carried out and the assumptions behind the way in which the data are analyzed. Any “user” of criminological (or, more generally, social science) research must be able to evaluate it effectively.The second set of skills has to do with conducting your own research analyzing your own data. This course will focus on skills that will be useful to those of you who are interested in doing research that has a quantitative component to it, or to those who are considering work where the ability to analyze quantitative data would be useful. In general, however, this is not a course on data analysis and statistics.The major focus of the course will be on the various methods that are used in criminological research. Hence our time will be spent largely in understanding and evaluating research and statistics rather than on how one carries out particular statistical tests. The course will attempt to combat the tendency for many “users” of social science research to skip over methods and results sections of papers or books and to accept uncritically an author’s inferences about the findings that are reported.I hope that the course will give you an understanding both of some of the ways in which questions are answered in criminology understanding and of the limits of any one approach to research.

Applied Statistics in Criminology – CRI 2020H

  • A. DOOB

Politics and Crime – CRI 3120H

  • Professor Emeritus Peter Solomon
  • This seminar will explore the making and developments of criminal justice and penal policies in the U.S.A., Canada, Western Europe and the U.S.S.R./Russia, the way authorities in those countries have defined and managed political deviance and the intrusion of politics into the administration of justice — especially in non-democratic settings. Attention will also be paid to the prospects for reforming criminal justice in Canada and to the consequences of 9/11 for law enforcement and the management of political deviance.

Policing – CRI 3130H

  • Professor Matthew Light
  • This course differs somewhat from traditional graduate-level courses on policing in that its focus will be on the role of the police as part of the broader complex of institutions that together make up the state. As part of this approach, we will explore policing in a comparative and historical context. Issues to be covered include the following: the maintenance of law and order before police forces; development of police forces in continental Europe and the English-speaking world; structure and function of national police forces around the world today; the role of political and secret police forces; and contemporary debates on the mission and regulation of the police in contemporary North America including issues such as police-community relations, changing police methods, private policing, and counter-terrorism.

Special Topics in Criminology: Migrations, Mobilities and the Law – CRI 3310H

  • Professor L. Bisaillon

Directed Research in Criminology – CRI 3350HF and CRI 3351HF

  • Staff
  • Under the direction and supervision of one or more members of the Graduate Faculty, a course of specially directed readings and research in an area of criminology that is not adequately covered by other graduate courses available within the University, can be undertaken. This course will not be available to any student for credit without the approval of the Graduate Coordinator. Before such approval will be granted, a program of study, together with an indication of the written assignments, which students will be required to complete, and the criteria for evaluation of students, must be submitted for approval. Students may take up to two Directed Reading Research courses taught by different faculty members.

Sentencing – CRI 3355H

  • Hon. Justice D. Cole
  • This course examines various aspects of the Canadian sentencing system. While this course is primarily legal in its orientation, the aim is to augment the discussion of sentencing issues with philosophical and criminological literature.The course commences with a consideration of the philosophical dimensions of sentencing and an examination of certain empirical issues, such as problems in assessing the efficacy of deterrence theory and of penal measures, and the difficulties involved in substitution of penalties. Thereafter, considerable emphasis is placed on legislative and judicial approaches to the sentencing function and procedural aspects of the Canadian sentencing system. Other topics for consideration include: victim participation, mandatory sentences, restorative justice, young offenders, plea bargaining, and an examination of the gap between the sentence imposed and the constraints on those who administer it.

Research Paper – CRI 3360Y

  • Staff
  • The Research Paper option for M.A. students is the equivalent to two half courses. It is not a thesis but it does involve original research and/or analysis. Students pursuing this option must find a suitable supervisor by October, submit a formal paper proposal in December, and submit a final paper of 8,000 to 12,000 words by the end of August in order to meet the 12-month deadline. Research papers are evaluated by the supervisor and one other faculty member. Students pursuing a part-time degree must submit a proposal by the beginning of their second year in September.


  • Criminology students may take up to three half courses in other graduate departments, with permission from the Graduate Coordinator. Students are encouraged to seek information from other graduate programs about courses of potential relevance to their studies. Please contact the departments for details on all other related courses.
  • LAW542H1 (Wrongful Convictions) offered at the Faculty of Law has limited enrollment. Enrollment is based on a first come first serve basis.


Course Outlines for Courses Not Currently Offered

Law & Society: Theoretical Perspectives – CRI 1020H 

  • TBD
  • This seminar surveys core readings in sociolegal studies, including classical sociological approaches to law and legal institutions, as well as more contemporary approaches to studying the relationship between law and society. A central focus of this research is the divide between the “law on the books” and the “law in action,” but rather than focusing on specific empirical effects, much of this seminar will focus on specific empirical effects, much of this seminar will focus on the production of law, the ubiquitous place of law and its relationship to other social institutions, and the often competing processes through which law comes to “know.” Readings tentatively include the production and evolution of law, legal decision-making, the constitutive ways in which law shapes everyday life, law and globalization, law as a professional project, and legal knowledge as the product of (often competing) claims to authority and expertise.

Theories of Crime & Social Order – CRI 1050H

  • Professor M. Valverde
  • This course does not cover theories of criminal behaviour. Instead of focusing on lawbreaking, it focuses on the fundamental question of how law and order are defined and maintained, canvassing a number of key, mainly classical, theories of state sovereignty and citizen security.

Crime, Criminalization and Victimization – CRI 3010H 

  • TBD
  • By drawing on the insights of ethnographic neighbourhood studies, this seminar will survey questions around crime, criminalization, and victimization in the international context. We will critically discuss how the definition of crime and the question of who is a criminal and who is a victim are socially constructed in various societies. The seminar will also survey the dimensions and nature of the social and political themes that are related to crime. We will discuss critical and contemporary approaches (e.g., among others, cultural criminology, social exclusion, etc.) as well as mainstream and traditional explanations (e.g., among others, rational choice, social disorganization, etc.) that may help us understand why individuals or groups of people break the law. Finally, the seminar will provide an opportunity to gain some background about the theorists who have shaped our thinking about crime and the historic context in which their ideas have evolved.Please note that we will be reading several ethnographic studies (i.e., books) for this course, thus, you have to be willing to dedicate some time to reading.

Politics and Crime – CRI 3120H

  • Professor Emeritus Peter Solomon
  • This seminar will explore the making and developments of criminal justice and penal policies in the U.S.A., Canada, Western Europe and the U.S.S.R./Russia, the way authorities in those countries have defined and managed political deviance and the intrusion of politics into the administration of justice — especially in non-democratic settings. Attention will also be paid to the prospects for reforming criminal justice in Canada and to the consequences of 9/11 for law enforcement and the management of political deviance.

Crime, Law and the State in Early Modern England, 1650-1850 – CRI 3150H

  • Professor Emeritus J.M. Beattie
  • An examination of the literature dealing with the nature of crime in past societies and with changes in criminal law, procedure and punishment. The concentration will be on the social history of crime and punishment in England, 1650-1850. The course will be organized around the reading and discussion of historians’ attempts to identify, analyze and explain changes in crime and punishment, though some primary sources will also be included. We will aim at a continuing discussion of the nature and limitations of historical sources and of other general problems in the historical study of crime.

Criminal Justice History – CRI 3160H

  • Professor J. Phillips
  • This course surveys the principal aspects of the history of crime, criminal justice, and punishment in Britain and Canada, from the mid-eighteenth to the late nineteenth century. The organisation is largely thematic, concentrating on such topics as, among others: the nature of the trial process; the origins and evolution of policing; the operation and ideology of penal practices; the interaction between the criminal law and gender (the prosecution of rape and infanticide charges, for example); and race, ethnicity and criminal justice. The course traces general institutional history and the socio-political history of crime and punishment.

Penology – CRI 3240H

Law, Space and Regulation – CRI 3256H 

  • Professor M. Valverde
  • An introduction to interdisciplinary studies of law and space, this course covers a broad range of topics, from work on empire and colonialism by legal historians and aboriginal scholars to studies of national spaces, urban spaces, and bodily spaces. Some background in either legal studies or cultural geography is desirable. Open to students in law, geography, anthropology, women/gender studies, and sociology, though permission of the instructor is required.

The Psychology of Criminal Behaviour – CRI 3270H

The Criminal Process – CRI 3320H

  • Professor K. Roach
  • The question of what is a crime and who is a criminal is a matter of social construction and social choice. This course examines that construction through considering the processes involved. We will study the key players and events in the definition of a crime; the selection of a suspect, and the choices made by the police, counsel, the judiciary and the wider community at each stage of a criminal prosecution. The first half of the course introduces the substantive and procedural means by which criminality is constructed, including the basic principles of criminal law and procedure and the rules of evidence. The goal is to prepare students to read criminal law cases and statutes accurately and critically and introduce students to legal research methods and instruments. In the second half of the seminar, we will examine the phenomenon of wrongful convictions, and the relationships that certain equality seeking groups have in and with the criminal process. These groups include women, young people, visible minorities, aboriginal people and crime victims.

Youth Crime and Youth Justice – CRI 3356H

  • Professor S. Wortley
  • TBA

Risk, Uncertainty and Criminal Justice – CRI 3357H

  • TBD
  • This course examines theories of risk and uncertainty, and empirically-based studies of how risk and uncertainty are addressed in crime prevention strategies, the criminal justice system, and regulatory institutions. There is a particular focus on how emerging crime risk and security concerns are transforming criminal law, and fostering new surveillance and private security infrastructures beyond the law. Traditional principles, standards and practices of criminal law are being eroded or eliminated altogether, and many crime control practices escape law entirely.