The undergraduate program in Criminology and Sociolegal Studies provides students with a sound foundation for the understanding of crime and the administration of justice in Canada and abroad, and, more generally, the processes of social order and disorder. Criminology and Sociolegal Studies incorporates theory, research methods, and knowledge from a wide range of other disciplines such as history, political science, philosophy, sociology, psychology, law and economics.
The courses in the program examine, to varying degrees, issues of social and ethical responsibility. The courses frequently challenge the student’s perception of how the interests of various groups shape the manner in which society responds to unwanted behaviour. The examination of issues of social and ethical responsibility is an inherent component in the Criminology and Sociolegal Studies program.
The program explores the nature of crime and the complexities in how society responds to it and the conflicting values inherent in the criminal justice system. Areas of study will include crime and criminal behaviour, theories of crime causation, criminal justice, principles and themes of Canadian criminal law, and an introduction to the criminal justice system. Students in the major and specialist programs will have an opportunity to choose 300 and 400 level courses based on their areas of interest, for example, youth, gender, mental disorders, and law. Students in the Specialist program will gain in depth knowledge of theories and research methodology used in the field of criminology and sociolegal studies in addition to further examining major criminal justice institutions and processes for law enforcement and punishment.