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Criminology 150

Introduction to Criminology

Credits:  3

Length of Course: 14 weeks

Classroom Hours per Week: 4

Prerequisites: C+ in English 098

Corequisite: English 099

Texts: Understanding Crime in Canada: an Introduction. Ed. by N. Boyd. EMP Ltd., Toronto

Course Description:

This course introduces students to the discipline of criminology and core concepts such as crime, criminality, and deviance, and examines the role of the criminal justice system. Students will be presented with general research findings in the discipline, with an emphasis on Canadian patterns and trends. Students are also introduced to the historical foundations of criminological thought and to theoretical development, with an emphasis on contemporary theories. The relationships between theory, research, and policy are also examined.

Course Outline:

  • Concepts of crime and deviance
  • Sources of data on crime and measuring crime
  • Costs of crime
  • Law and the criminal justice system
  • Media and crime relationship and perceptions about crime
  • Victimization and correlates of crime
  • Offenders and correlates of crime
  • Violent crime and patterns
  • Property crime and patterns
  • Classical school, deterrence, and contemporary crime choice theory
  • Positivist school and contemporary biological and psychological approaches
  • Chicago school and contemporary sociological approaches
  • Contemporary issues and challenges


Quizzes 10%
Project 15%
Midterm Exam 20%
Assignments 20%
Participation 10%
Final Exam 25%



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