Introduction to Criminology
This course will introduce students to the discipline of Criminology, the study of crime and criminalization, as well as the criminal justice system. Students will examine the core concepts, basic data sources, and general research findings in the field of criminology, with particular attention to Canadian developments. Students will be introduced to the historical foundations and evolution of criminological thought, with an emphasis on key concepts such as crime, criminality, deviance, deterrence and rehabilitation. Other areas of interest that will be explored: Criminology as a body of knowledge and as a profession and its relationship to other disciplines; prominent criminological theories/approaches; and the relationship between theory and practice/policy.