Fall 2018 - CRIM 302 D100

Critical Approaches to Crime and Deviance (3)

Class Number: 7829

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    SWH 10218, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 12, 2018
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    SSCC 9000, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    CRIM 101.



Critique of traditional criminological theory and of the conventional approaches to the problems of crime and punishment. Critique of classical etiological criminology. Examination of the relationships between crime, class and power. The criminal as a scapegoat for the system. The stereotype of the criminal. Street crime vs. corporation and state crime. Criticism of treatment ideology and techniques. Comparison of conservative and radical criminal policy. The controversy about the possibility of a value-free social science and about the political commitment of the social scientist.


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: (1) Critically evaluate traditional criminological theories and conventional approaches to crime and punishment,
and to stereotypes surrounding criminality and deviance; (2) Identify and critically assess how power and class relations influence definitions of, and responses to, criminal and deviant behaviours (e.g., street vs corporate vs state crime); (3) Identify and critique the ways in which problems with criminal justice system are individualized; (4) Analyze and compare traditional and critical approaches to legislation, policy and intervention strategies in response to criminal and deviant behaviour; (5) Critically examine the roles of social science research and researchers in political activism, social justice advocacy, and social movements.


  • Seminar Participation - Ongoing 20%
  • Media Assignment - TBD 25%
  • Panel Presentation - TBD 25%
  • Written Assignment - Dec 3/2018 30%



1. Online materials available through Canvas.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

ATTENTION: STUDENTS WITH A DISABILITY: Please contact the Centre for Students with Disabilities, (MBC 1250 or Phone 778-782-3112) if you need or require assistance, not your individual instructors.  

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  • A student must complete ALL aspects of a course (including assignments, exams, class participation, presentations, chat room components of Distance Education courses and other), otherwise he/she will receive a grade of N. 
  • E-mail policy for on campus courses only: The School of Criminology STRONGLY DISCOURAGES the use of e-mail in lieu of office hour visits. Criminology advises its instructional staff that they are NOT required to respond to student e-mails and that students wishing to confer with them should do so in person during scheduled meeting times.
  • The University has formal policies regarding intellectual dishonesty and grade appeals which may be obtained from the General Office of the School of Criminology.
  • Under GP18, the University has policies and procedures which respond to our obligations under the BC Human Rights Code to provide a harassment and discrimination free environment for the students, staff and faculty of this institution.  Members of this community have an affirmative obligation to safeguard the human rights of others.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://students.sfu.ca/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html