Fall 2018 - CRIM 340 D100

Criminal Justice Policy Making and Policy Analysis (3)

Class Number: 7944

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SWH 10218, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    CRIM 101 and 220.



Examines alternative approaches to developing and evaluating public policy in criminology through the use of case studies. Students with credit for CRIM 415 under this topic may not take this course for further credit.


At the conceptual level, the course will address alternative approaches to the policy analysis process including deciding “how to decide”, and frames of reference for considering outcomes (e.g., equity versus efficiency and security versus liberty). The course will also introduce analytical tools commonly used in evaluation and policy analysis. Students will learn how to properly define policy problems, identify evaluation criteria, devise alternative policy solutions, evaluate and predict the effects of these alternatives, and communicate practical advice to decisionmakers. Case studies in criminal justice policy will be used throughout the semester; examples may include mandatory minimum sentencing for drug offenders, "Three Strikes and You're Out" legislation, alternative sentencing programs such as restorative justice models, and school-based drug use prevention programs.


  • Class participation 15%
  • In-class quizzes 20%
  • Paper prospectus 10%
  • Group presentation 20%
  • Final bPaper 35%



1. Bardach, Eugene. (2015). A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis: The Eightfold Path to More Effective Problem Solving. (5th ed.). Washington, D.C.: CQ Press. ISBN 978-1-94833-5946-5.

2. Custom courseware package available from SFU bookstore.

3. Articles on reserve through the SFU library.

4. Articles posted on the course’s Canvas page

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. 
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  • The University has formal policies regarding intellectual dishonesty and grade appeals which may be obtained from the General Office of the School of Criminology.
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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.

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