Fall 2019 - CRIM 418 D100

Current Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3)

Contemporary Issues in Policing

Class Number: 9080

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    AQ 5035, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 14, 2019
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    AQ 5037, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Stephanie Dawson(Johnston)
    Office Hours: Thursdays, 5:30-6:20
  • Prerequisites:

    CRIM 101.



A critical analysis of certain 'hot' issues in criminology and criminal justice. The topics covered change from term to term.


 This course is designed to foster a deeper level of understanding of the nature of one of the primary pillars of our Criminal Justice System: policing. It focuses on current issues and research on policing. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding: Types of policing that are becoming increasingly common (e.g. policing crowd events, policing terrorism); police interactions with special populations (e.g. youth, immigrant populations, and individuals with mental health issues); police behaviours (e.g. theories of police action, use of force) and changes in the policing environment. The themes and specific topics covered reflect current discussions and concerns in the academic and applied worlds of policing.


1.      Become familiar with important issues relevant to policing.
2.      Understand how these issues are inter-connected.
3.      Develop an appreciation for how these issues impact our understanding of the nature of policework.

Learning Outcomes:
As a result of course participation and successful completion, students will be able to:
·         Demonstrate detailed knowledge about each of the topics covered;
·         Explain how each issue influences how we think about policing;
·         Identify the potential impact these issues will have on the future of policing, and/or potential avenues to address these issues.


  • Seminar Participation 30%
  • Research Paper 35%
  • Final Exam 35%



Various readings taken from journals, texts and relevant online sources will be made available online via the course site.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

If you have any Criminology course enrollment requests (course adds, course swaps), please contact a Criminology advisor. Please do not contact instructors for enrollment assistance as they will ultimately refer you to a Criminology advisor.

Criminology course enrollment requests should be sent to a Criminology advisor no later than the last day of the Second week of classes. Late enrollment requests are subject to approval and are not guaranteed. 

Enrollment requests for non-Crim courses should be directed to the advisor for the program offering the course. 

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.  

  • N.B.: Students are reminded that attendance in the first week of classes is important. However, there are no tutorials in the first week.
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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.
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Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/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